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... [continues]
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