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Steinbeck presents many of the characters in the novel 'Of Mice and Men' in such a way that the reader feels sorry for them but not all deserve our sympathy. Each character portrays different roles; the parts they play and the situations they find themselves in, vary, as does the sympathy, or empathy we feel towards them. One of the main characters in the book was Lennie, a kind hearted simple man who struggles to control his own strength. Lennie lives life under the watchful surveillance of George. Not that Georges rules Lennie in a cruel way in fact quite the opposite however irritable George becomes he still wouldn't turn his back on Lennie for the unbearable lonely shadow that would replace Lennie's lovable traits. "If you don' want me I can go off in the hills an' finda cave. I can go away any time". "No - Look! I was jus' foolin" George is described as "small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features", which immediately draws contrast with Lennie, demonstrating that where Lennie is simple and slow, George is more mentally able and has a dominant position in their relationship. ...read more.

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Maybe a harsh judgement by George to let Lennie take a beating but it was for the best so he learns to hit back and Curley or any of the other ranch hands for that matter will think twice before taking a swing at Lennie. At the end of the novel after Lennie murders Curley's wife George comes to the saddening conclusion that he has to kill Lennie. He makes Lennie cheerful reassures him and then softly pulls the trigger and gently ends Lennie's life. If George had done this any other way or let the lynch mob string him up he would not be able to shift his conscience. If Lennie had gone to prison for this murder he would have lead a disgusting life also because in prison their is certain things that aren't respectful one in particular is murdering a woman not only that he would of probably been accused of rape. George will no doubt regret killing Lennie but was indeed justified as the wise ranch hand Slim reassured George "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda." This is verified in the comparison between George's relationship with Lennie and Candy with his dog. ...read more.

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He's reluctant to accept that its all over. Not just his dream but his life. "You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? You an' me can go there an' live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?" The death of Lennie at the end of 'Of Mice and Men' initially seems to be the most tragic event in the novel, especially for the people directly involved, such as George and Lennie himself. However, in actual fact, the novel is full of miserable people suffering in a world where no one really cares about them. The reader must feel most sympathy towards Candy because he has in no way brought this misery upon himself. His story clearly links to the poem the novel derived its named from 'To a Mouse' by Robert Burns. 'The best laid schemes o' mice and men Gang aft agley And leaves us nought but grief and pain For promised joy!' This poem basically means however much you plan and scheme eventually always left with grief and pain. Burn's also suggests something small and Puny up against something unbeatable such as fate and destiny. This small and puny thing could be any of the four characters question who's plans and dreams to escape the tortuous situation all shatters. Two in death and Candy and George are directly effected by these deaths. ...read more.

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