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Franklin D. Roosevelt's quote.

Frankin D. Roosevelt once said, ''Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of

their own minds.'' In other words, Humanity's captives of destiny, but only captives of their

own thoughts. This can be shown true through different works of literature. In the novel

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and the novel Speak by Laurie Hales Anderson, contain

details that support the quote. Lennie Small and Melinda Sordino are characters whose standards

and defined by the challenges they face.

In Of Mice and Men by John Stienbeck the protagonist, Lennie is a prisoner of his own

mind. He cannot remember simple things, he slops when he eats, he whines about not getting

ketchup with his beans, he is afraid of being hurt despite his huge size, he cannot discern when

people are teasing him, he likes soft things, he imitates others, and he does not understand the

consequences of his actions beyond immediate personal results. One example how Lennie does

not understand his actions is when he went beyond petting soft things, and killed a women.

This murder gave Lennie serious consequences and George gives him one last retelling of their

dream of owning their own land.

In Speak by Laurie Hales Anderson the protagonist, Melinda is a prisoner of her own

mind. During the summer she threw a summer party, and a popular senior named Andy Evans,

raped her. She called the police and stopped the party, now everyone in school doesn't like her

and even her bestfriend doesn't trust her. She refuses to tell anyone the events that took place.

She finds great support with her art teacher Mr. Freeman and her school friend David Petrakis.

One example how she was a prisoner of her own mind, was when she got raped and she

did not speak up. Andy Evans, attempted to rape her again, but she refused and got into a...
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