Tuck In Neutral Character Analysis

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Have you ever had to make a sacrifice for someone you love? The caretakers of people with disabilities experience this all the time. George from the novel Of Mice and Men gives up many things in order to care for Lennie, who has a mental disability. Shawn’s family from the novel Stuck in Neutral make multiple sacrifices in order to care for Shawn, who has cerebral palsy. Both the novels Of Mice and Men and Stuck in Neutral prove that the caretakers of people of people with disabilities make the most sacrifices.

In the novel Of Mice and Men, George makes many sacrifices in order to care for Lennie. In the beginning of the book, George is frustrated at Lennie because he has to take care of Lennie instead of living the life he wants. “I could
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In the beginning of the book, Shawn tells about how his father didn’t leave his family because of his mom or his siblings, but because he couldn’t handle Shawn’s condition. “My dad didn’t divorce my mom, or my sister, Cindy, or my brother, Paul - he divorced me. He couldn’t handle my condition, so he had to leave.” (Trueman 4). This shows that Shawn’s condition was so difficult to deal with that Shawn’s father felt like he needed to leave, even though he still loves his family. He sacrificed his relationship with his wife and his kids because Shawn’s condition was too hard on him, even though he didn’t necessarily want to. If it weren’t for Shawn’s condition, Shawn’s father wouldn’t have given up his relationship with his family, and this is just one of the many sacrifices people have made because of him. Time and effort Shawn’s family, his mother specifically, sacrifices every day for him. About halfway through the novel, Shawn talks about his mother and how she goes through the long process of feeding him every day. “When I eat, I know it’s not a pretty sight … Mom has fed practically every meal I’ve ever eaten, so she’s an expert … It takes a while to feed me. I cough and spit a lot too, spraying my meals …” (Trueman 59-60). This is an example of how Shawn’s mother sacrifices her time and patience every day to take care of Shawn. Instead of going out or doing something productive,

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