Mice and Men

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Year 3 Of Mice and Men coursework
Question choice one

In the novel "Of Mice and Men" George and his simple-minded friend Lennie are drifters who move from town to town looking for a place to settle. When Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife everything changes for ever. At the scene where George kills Lennie, Steinbeck uses different writing techniques to make this moment moving and tragic. Quotations from the book prove that he has achieved it. "You ain't gonna leave me… you ain't that kind." In this quote Lennie says to George his worries about him leaving him. This is tragic because the reader suspects George is going to kill Lennie to prevent him from dying in a cruel way by Curley and the other men. Lennie has a blind trust towards George so he believes him when he says that he will never leave him. This prepares the reader of what is going to follow. After George realizes that Lennie is going to be killed because he had killed Curley's wife he begins to think of what his life without Lennie will be like. He says to Lenny “an’ when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks an’ go to a … cat house…” George by saying this, he predicts the meaningful life he would have without Lennie. The fact that George puts up with Lennie even though he causes him problems shows that he also needs Lennie to be his friend. In the quote “Guys like us got no family ... They ain’t got nobody in the world that gives a hoot in hell about ‘em ..”. George again stresses the fact that people of their status had to move from job to job. Their lifestyle was very lonely as most of them had no friends and family with them. Again George admits that both men rely on each other and that without his loyal friend Lennie he would be lonely. In the quote "Look across the river … at the place where the spine and skull were joined." Steinbeck uses short and long sentences as well as quotations to create tension because the reader is now aware that George will kill Lennie...
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