Truth and Kindness

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A man by the name of Henry David Thoreau said “The only way to tell the truth is by is to tell it with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.” Basically what he is telling of the importance of being kind when being honest. The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck conveys Henry’s message nicely.

The book Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie the 2 main characters are migrant workers in the 1800s. George is short and weak but Lennie who has a mild case of mental retardation but is extremely strong but is has soft feelings. Lennie accidently kills the owner’s wife by strangling her. All of the workers excluding George go looking for Lennie because one he killed the owner’s wife and two they think he took the owners gun. So George finds Lennie and tries to calm him down and think of his child hood and then George pulls out the owner’s gun and shoots Lennie in the back of the head killing him.

The main reason George killed Lennie is because he knew that they were going to torture and abuse Lennie. So George’s decision to kill Lennie is kind of like what Henry is saying. George was being kind and honest by killing Lennie because he honestly knew that they would torture Lennie.

As Thoreau once stated, “The only way to tell the truth is by is to tell it with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.” Georges kindness towards Lennie was extravagant and even though George might get mad at Lennie at the end of the day he cared for him like his own child.
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