East of eden
Clinging together in the face of lonliness and alienation, George and Lennie desperately seek to escape their poverty, and strive to transform their chimerical dream into a reality. This heartfelt dream is what sets George and Lennie aside from the other men, yet ironically it is so easily shattered. Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, copious comparisons to animals are stated, signifying that their antagonistic way of life was not suitable for humans; This animal imagery helps elucidate the somewhat abstract ideals and character traits present in the text. Lennie’s demeanor is compared to many animals, Lennie’s death is compared to the death of Curly’s dog, and even the end of George’s and Lennie’s dream is represented by a heron and the snake. To thoroughly describe Lennie’s bizarre disposition, Steinb
Bibliography The book Of mice and men. Large and capable of violence, yet clueless and tender like a bear Lennie is totally unpredictable at times. eck compares him to a bear, horse, terrier, and a bull. Lennie is also similar to a bear in that his hands are huge like bear paws, and in the closing of the story he is said to "Creep as silently as a bear would. The dog is not only unsuspecting, but also helpless to the bullet that passes through the base of his skull killing him in an instant though without pain. She causes Lennie to break her neck, which ends Lennie"tms life, and suddenly shatters his, George"tms, Candy"tms, and Crook"tms dream. Analogously Lennie is killed the same way, and even though George is reluctant, he knows that it is his obligation kill Lennie. Similarly to how Lennie is compared to bear, he is said to be as strong as a bull; Lennie is also reluctant like a terrier who does not want to bring a ball to his master, but Lennie finally gives George his mouse. Curly"tms wife is searching to satisfy her hunger for someone to converse with, someone who will listen to her stories and to commiserate with her. A little snake slithering in the pool of water, totally unsuspecting his fate, is suddenly swallowed by a heron looking to satisfy his hunger. Candy"tms dog is old and is not useful any more, so therefore the men in the bunk house want to dispose of him. This tragic story possesses a certain clandestine message, and it can be interpreted in many different ways. Probably the most tragic point in the story is the realization that George and Lennie"tms dream will not come true. The brilliantly cryptic foreshadowing of Lennie"tms death is told through the shooting of Candy"tms dog.
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