Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Essays

1033 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
“I have a kind of magnetic attraction to situations of violence. -Wole Soyinka” In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, Lennie seems to attract violence and tragedy like a moth to a flame. George takes care of Lennie because of Lennie’s mental disability, and Lennie manages to find some trouble every place George takes them. Lennie’s actions throughout the novella play a major role in the events that occur, they leave Weed because of him, his new puppy dies because of him, Curley’s wife dies because of him, and their dreams shatter because of him. One of the first events the readers hear about explains how George and Lennie end up walking through the trees. “Jus’ wanted to feel that girl’s dress—jus’ wanted to pet it like it was a mouse—Well, how the hell did she know you jus’ wanted to feel her dress? She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse” (11). George and Lennie run away from Weed because Lennie decides to touch soft objects when he feels like it. In most cases the situation becomes troublesome because Lennie immaturely handles it. The reader picks up on the many hints and clues that Lennie may possess some mental disability that inhibits his ability to know right from wrong until horrific events occur. “He just scared her. I’d be scared too if he grabbed me. But he never hurt her. He jus’ wanted to touch that red dress, like he wants to pet them pups all the time” (42). Lennie’s first reaction to panic creates uncomfortable situations because he…

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