Of Mice and Men Essay

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Of Mice and Men Essay - Fate or Choice?

Choice is defined by the ‘Shorter Oxford Dictionary’ as; “The act of choosing; preferential determination between things proposed.”
It also states the definition for fate; “The principle, power, or agency by which events are unalterably predetermined from eternity.”
Is our life choice, can we determine our fate by choosing our path or is our destiny determined for us?
John Steinbeck puts forward this question in his novella Of Mice and Men. George and Lennie are two completely juxtaposed men that John Steinbeck portrays to his readers to show fate, using foreshadowing.
A different approach to this question is that our life’s destiny is predetermined for us, but based on the
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He didn’t feel that having a dead mouse in his pocket was bad. But he started to worry when he killed the puppy, Curley’s wife and crushing Curley’s hand. This was all caused, not by choice, but by his own blinded strength.

Candy, an aged farm hand, had the choice to kill his dog, yet he decides against it and lets Carlson, a worker on the ranch, do it instead. Would the dog have ended with the same fate, but in a different way, if Carlson hadn’t interfered? By the looks of the dog it was inevitable that it was going to pass away soon, but Candy chose its parting way for it.
Fate, as described earlier, is where events are unalterably predetermined from eternity. In Of Mice and Men fate is basically the key feature of the novella.
The title of the story, Of Mice and Men comes from an old Robert Burns poem called ‘To a Mouse’. There is a quote in the poem that Steinbeck uses for the title of the novella and it works very well to describe what happens in the story:

“Buy, Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain; The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley, [often go astray] (Robert Burns, 1785)

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go astray” fits perfectly in with this story. George, Lennie and Candy all plan to own a farm once they have been paid enough on the ranch. This is known as ‘The Dream’. This dream is their Saving Lie. They believe that it is going to become true. But there is

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