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Of mice and Men

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Introduction

The killing of Candy's old dog foreshadowed Lennie's death. Describe the two killings, pointing out any similarities and differences between them. George and Lennie, two part-time ranch workers, are traveling from place to place to find farm work. They have to move often because Lennie is big and strong but can't control his own strength as he is mentally retarded and gets into trouble often. They are trying to be out of the ordinary and make their dream, of owning a piece of land come true and not having to work tirelessly for a worthless salary. George hopes that this time they can stick to their workplace and actually get their dream to come true even though he knows from the start it is a false hope. He knows that Lennie will get himself in trouble because he can't control his feelings or his power as he is mentally handicapped. Lennie is described as a child; always looking for support and advice from George and can't do anything without George's opinion who is like a father to him. Lennie is also described as a bear; he is as tall as a bear, has big arms like a bear and walks like a bear. ...read more.

Middle

Candy found her dead body and secretly told George. George realized what had happened and knew he would be accused because Lennie only listened to him, so he told Candy to tell all the ranch workers about the death. George then took Carlson's gun while Curley decided to go after Lennie. George tried to persuade everyone not to kill Lennie "The poor bastard's nuts. Don't shoot 'im". George then went up ahead as he knew where Lennie was hiding and crept up beside him. Lennie asked George if he was angry and that could Lennie still tend the rabbits. George said that he was not angry at Lennie and told him to look down the river to imagine seeing their farm. George took out the gun and pointed it to the back of his head and shot Lennie. Lennie fell back without quivering. There are many similarities to the killing of both Lennie and Candy's old dog. The obvious ones are that the same gun was used to kill both of them, they were both shot at the back of their heads and they fell down without quivering. Other similarities are that George and Candy were both over-protective about Lennie and the dog respectively and did every thing they could to protect them from their eventual death. ...read more.

Conclusion

He knew it was the right thing to do for Lennie as he was a danger to himself and everybody around him. Lennie could have lived a life but he was too dumb and unaware of his strengths and how to use them so it was better for him to rid him of his misery. For the dog however it couldn't function at all and didn't have any life left "Got no teeth, damn near blind, can't eat." In conclusion we can see that there are many ways in which the killing of the dog foreshadowed Lennie's death and when the reader reads the book it is apparent to them that something dreadful is going to happen later on as Lennie is so often compared to a dog. It makes the reader conscious that something can happen to Lennie now since the dog has died and there is a lingering feeling that this will be the cause of George's dream not coming true. I think this is the perfect way for the author to create a tense atmosphere and help shape the ending of the story and Steinbeck has been successful in achieving that. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shrayans 10JD English, Mr. Lynn Words= 1224 ...read more.

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