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Of Mice and Men "What happens at the end of this novel shows that Steinbeck's view of life is a pessimistic and negative one."

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Of Mice and Men "What happens at the end of this novel shows that Steinbeck's view of life is a pessimistic and negative one." By the end of the novel tragedy struck the hopeful couple Lenny and George, as once again Lenny have "done a real bad thing." He accidentally killed his little puppy, not knowing that it would "get killed that easily". It really wasn't his fault, for it "ain't little as mice", though it "wasn't big enough" of a puppy either to be kept outside its mother's reach. And if that wasn't bad enough, on that same day he viciously killed Curley's wife. In the barn she was consoling her loneliness by talking to Lenny in a "passion of communication". With pleasure she talks of her dreams and of her life, about how her life would be if she "made somethin' of herself". How she was said to be a "natural" in movies and how her "ol' lady stole" letters from a guy she knew that "was in pitchers". Her dream dies as with her body as Lenny tries to shut her up. ...read more.

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But the fact that Lenny had to imagine it means that he can't see it with the naked eye, therefore it does not exist in reality, leaving reality with the opposite of that imagination of the perfect life which is the negative things. I believe the puppy represents the death of trust and responsibility in the companionship between Lenny and George. George trusted Lenny to take care of his puppy, but once again Lenny acted irresponsible, not listening to Slim's and George's advice to not take away the pup from its mother. This is why Lenny was very nervous after the dog gets killed. He was afraid "maybe George ain't gonna let me (Lenny) tend no rabbits", that George would lose his trust on Lenny. He was afraid that George would pass a negative judgement on Lenny. The death of Curley's wife I say would mean the death of the innocent. I thought she was caught in the middle of life in the 1930's where her gender was discriminated against, and as a wife she should stay at home "where she belongs". ...read more.

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With the coming of Candy and Lenny he gained them piece by piece. For a moment he felt to be part of something in Lennie's "dream", how he hoped to live a better life where people would treat him with the respect that he deserves. All is but a memory once Lenny is killed, no chance the dream would come true. I'd think everybody would just go their separate ways, living their lives in a straight line, hardly ever cross. Steinbeck's style of writing noticed in the description of nature on chapter 6 is far more violent than described in the beginning of the novel. "A silent head and beak lanced don and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically. But one could argue that his negative view on life already started from the beginning of the novel. The title "Of Mice and Men" which is taken from a poem by Robert Burns says that no matter how you plan something, something always goes wrong. George expected the worst possible outcome, being pessimistic of Lennie, by foreshadowing him to get in trouble. If you look in the positive way, the end can also mean a new beginning. Arnoldus A. Nedwika 11JL ...read more.

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