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Of Mice and Men - Essay 9

Cruelty

While reading Of Mice and Men I picked up on some main ideas that the author brings across such as friendship and just how cruel people can be to one another. After reading this book I will have a little more compassion for someone that is weaker than me because everyone has some form of good quality inside them thus making everyone in some ways equal. An example of this is the kindness and patience Slim shows Lennie even though Slim has no obligation to. He sees the good qualities in Lennie and respects him for them.

This is what Steinbeck was trying to portray in the characters of this book. He also shows the flip side of this by his ending showing the reader what hatredcan do to a man, as with Curley so hell-bent on killing Lennie instead of grieving for his wife. Also throughout the course of this book it is no question that George goes through the most change. It is evident that he learns to care for Lennie by what he does at the conclusion of this book. He didnít want to kill his friend, but he couldnít have seen Curley kill him either. He will undoubtedly never forget what he had to do, and that is anaction that he will have to live with the rest of his life. The author is simply trying to bring across human nature in its simplest form, good and bad. Heís showing the reader just how compassionate or cruel people can be towards one another.

This was an interesting book with an intriguing plot, and disturbing ending. Personally the ending moved me, but at the same time I was angry for it to end so suddenly.Steinbeck is a great writer, and did a good job of showing the extremes of human nature. After reading this book it makes you think about how cruel someone can be to another of the same flesh and blood. All in all the ideas in Of Mice and Men will be with me for the rest of my life. If you want to read a book that will open your eyes and leave you stunned, Of Mice and Men is the book to read.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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