Of Mice and Men Analysis

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“Of Mice and Men” deals with many facets of human responsibility and love. The main moral conflict deals with George's responsibility to Lennie, and to the rest of the group. There were major conflicts in this story line, Lennie had a problem with his self-control, he couldn't control his actions. He touched a women's dress once and she cried for help accusing him of rape. The townspeople chased George and Lennie out of town because they believed what that girl had said. Lennie was a “troubled” in most peoples’ eyes and George had to constantly get him out of trouble. He had to take care of Lennie because without George, Lennie would not survive. They had to travel from town to town because of Lennie's compulsive behavior. “Of Mice and Men” teaches a grim lesson about the nature of human existence. This John Steinbeck's novel also shows an example of an ethical dilemma in which one must decide between right and wrong. George sets the tone of the story early in the book when he reminds Lennie that the life of a “ranch-hand” is among one of the loneliest lives. Men like George who migrate from farm to farm rarely have anyone to look to for companionship and protection. Lennie got himself into a huge mess one day when he was left alone with Curley's wife, one of the “ranch-hands” at the farm they were staying at. Lennie started to touch her hair and when she asked him to stop because he was making her uncomfortable, he got really nervous. Lennie accidentally broke her neck and killed her not knowing his own strength. When Curley and the other ranch-hands found Curley's wife dead, they soon came to the conclusion that Lennie was at fault and without explanation they set out to track him down and ultimately kill him. This put George in a bad situation because he had to make the most important decision in his life. George had always taken care of Lennie and felt he was responsible for his well being and was supposed to look out for him. In previous situations George...
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