How Does Steinbeck Present Lennie's Death In Of Mice And Men

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Forstner 1 Patrick Forstner Mr. D. Taggart 20 May 2011 The death of the American Dream was Lennie's fault by Patrick Forstner. John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” is about the death of the American dream. The term “American Dream” is used in a number of ways, but essentially the American Dream is an idea which suggests that all people can succeed through hard work, and that all people have the potential to live happy, successful lifes ( Many of these dreams focused on owning land and establishing prosperous businesses which would theoretically generate happiness, and some people also incorporated ideals of religious freedom into their American Dreams. During the Great Depression several people wrote about an American Dream,…show more content…
George stated at the beginning that Lennie always gets into troubles. “You do bad things and I go to get you out,” (Steinbeck, 11). When Lennie held Curley's wife tighter and tighter we all knew whats going to happen because first he killed a mouse and he thought he will not do the same thing with a puppy. John Steinbeck used his creativity use of foreshadowing to make the book more enjoyable to read. Lennie seems to be very strong, but in reality he is the weakest character in the novel “Of Mice And Men”, because of the lack of his mentality ability and the missing characteristic to think for himself and make his own decisions. The strong characters are attacking the weaker characters in this book, and the Forstner 3 weaker are attacking the weakest. Are good example of this would be when Carlson compels Candy to let him shoot his dog against his will. “I'll put the old devil out of his misery now,” (Steinbeck, 47). Or when crooks teased Lennie “jus' s'pose he don't come back,” (Steinbeck, 72). When Candy's dog was shot that scenario also mirrored the image of George and Lennie. At the end of the book George had
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