Essay on Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: “In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are.” Good and evil qualities exist in everyone, but life is a balancing act. Each person must spend it discovering who they are and which way their personal scale will tip in the end. George Milton from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is just another man trying to find his balance as he takes care of his companion Lennie. Together they live the life of migrant workers in the height of the Great Depression, constantly moving from ranch to ranch to make a living. George often gets frustrated with Lennie, but always has his best interests in mind. Throughout the novel, George is locked in a struggle between his evil qualities that tempt him to give into his selfish desires and his good qualities, what he knows is moral and right. George is susceptible to allowing his worst qualities take control and often chooses the easier path over the moral one. His unpleasant characteristics make it difficult for others to get close to him, because he tends to show his evil qualities before his honorable ones. Especially concerning Lennie, George’s mood seems to change in the blink of an eye. He is quick to lose his patience with him, scolding Lennie countless times. He becomes frustrated with Lennie’s poor memory and inability to understand why…

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