Ethical Dilemmas In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In 1937, John Steinbeck writes a dramatic tragedy, Of Mice and Men. George and Lennie are two ranch hands who can not keep a job during the Great Depression. Lennie and George have a dream, to own a piece of land with a house. Every ranch hand has this dream that Lennie and George can not seem to achieve. This is because Lennie is always “messing” things up. Lennie is a giant; he is a strong guy who is childlike that does not realize his own strength. George is his reciprocal, very short and sharp witted. George gets very frustrated when it comes to “raising” Lennie. Ultimately, in the end, George must make a crucial sacrifice. While analyzing Steinbeck’s novel, most readers may find that Aristotle’s Appeals are displayed throughout the novel …show more content…
Curley, a short, stocky man who has a tendency to quarrel with the bigger guys, picks a fight with Lennie. Lennie, being the innocent, child-like character, is in his own little world when Curley assumes he is laughing at him. Curley starts to yell and hit Lennie. George tells Lennie to get him, and Lennie inevitably crushes Curley’s hand. In the 1900’s people would lock guys like Lennie away in cages, because they have no idea how to deal with them. This is how Curley deals with this, he assumes that because Lennie is “disabled” he will be able to overpower and dominate him. This is one of the many unethical dilemmas that Steinbeck enlightens the readers with. George allows Candy to pitch in with their dream they hope to achieve. Candy lost his hand in a accident on the ranch and earns a butt load of money; he then convinces George that they can actually have a chance at their dream. In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother comes on the night of the ball and presents Cinderella with her dream come true. This relates to George and Candy, Candy being Georges’ fairy godmother. These are just two of the dilemmas during Steinbeck's storyline, now lets look at the logical and illogical instances that

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