Theme Of Cruelty In Of Mice And Men

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Cruelty comes in many different shapes and sizes—much like humans. John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men tells the story of two men who try to create their dream in a world of loneliness and malice. The two main characters, George and Lennie, enter a ranch at the start of the story and meet several people; some of which who cause trouble and some who help very much. While on this farm, it becomes apparent that life is brutal and may corrupt people. John Steinbeck presents the fact that life is cruel through the destruction of innocent animals, the miserable life of Curley’s wife, and the sad annihilation of George and Lennie's doomed dream.
Throughout the story, many animals died as a result of something they could do nothing about. Foremost, Slim exterminated about four of his puppies because they weren’t big enough. Many animals cannot help their size; the fact that they died because of something they can’t change should be considered a synonym of malice. Next, a large number of mice were killed by Lennie. They died when they tried to protect themselves. They couldn’t help their reaction; their animal instinct mad them act that way. Lastly, Candy’s dog died for an inhumane reason. ““That dog of Candy’s is so God damn old he can’t hardly walk. Stinks like
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George lost his meaning, Candy lost his chance for happiness, and many others lost their lives, including Lennie. Life is meant beat you down and try to crush your dreams, because the only way you get stronger is by crawling your way back up when you’ve been pushed down.

Cruelty in Of Mice and Men was apparent throughout the whole book. Cruelty affects everyone, and many people on the ranch had become cruel. The overall outcome shows that cruelty is apparent in many aspects of the book including the death of innocent animals, the death of Curley’s Wife, and the crushing of Lennie and George’s

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