Hardships And Hardship In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Hardships come in a variety of ways. Depression, loneliness, loss, broken relationships are all forms of hardship. To endure hardship, is more than just continuing to exist; it is continuing to exist in the same manner as before the suffering began. Many people need someone to help them endure their hardship and their suffering; however, others prefer to be by themselves. In the book Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, we can see these two ways of dealing with hardship and suffering in Candy and Curley’s wife, and in Crooks and George.
Candy is a character that suffers a lot since the time he is mentioned in the book because he is an old man who didn’t have a hand, and who had an unconditional love to his only true friend, his old
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He knew Lennie won’t do him any harm. Lennie was like a little brother for him. However, Lennie brought him many problems, problems that caused him suffering, but George stayed with Lennie, and looked after him. Nevertheless, when Lennie killed Curley’s wife accidentally, George killed Lennie in order to save him from a painful death at the hands of Curley, who wanted Lennie to be killed in the cruelest way possible. Therefore, George saved Lennie by a mercy killing. The following quote shows the way George killed Lennie, “Look acrost the river, Lennie an’ I’ll tell you so you can almost see it” (Steinbeck, 106). This quote tells us how George killed Lennie in the softest way possible by telling him to imagine the farm of their dreams while he was looking across the river. This proofs that George suffering made him kill Lennie and push him apart in order for him to have a less traumatic death, in that way he made sure Lennie had a better final. We can make a comparison of this event to the poem To A Mouse by Rover Buns because in the poem the man feels an awful pity for the mouse. The man knows that the mouse won’t survive the winter because it’s nest was destroyed therefore the man lets the mouse get some of his food. We know this because of the following quote, “I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal; What then? Poor beast, you must live! An odd ear in twenty- four sheaves” (Burns ln 13-15). This means that the man felt bad for the mouse and he didn’t mind that the mouse occasionally stole an ear of corn. In the case of George and Lennie, George knew that Lennie won’t survive, but instead of giving him food to make him feel better, George killed Lennie in the softest way possible since he told Lennie to imagine the farm that they are going to have in the moment he was going to kill

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