Mice and Men Reading Journal

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Marian Vo 2/26/14 Of Mice and Men Focus: Dialogue develops character and theme Theme: Survival of the fittest Reading Journal: This last chapter of this book really tests the relationship between Lennie and George. After Lennies deceased aunt accuses him for being a burden to George, Lennie says "I know, Aunt Clara, ma'am. I'll go right off in the hills an' I'll fin' a cave an' I'll live there so I won't be no more trouble to George." All Lennie wants is to make George happy. Then the rabbit repeats George is gonna leave him and Lennie cries "He ain't, I tell ya he ain't... Oh! George- George- George!" Lennie looks up to George to protect him and help him survive in the world. Whenever Lennie feels unsafe or uncomfortable, the only person who he turns to and can help him is George. He owes his life to George. Lennies death is an example of Survival of the fittest. George knew that if he didn't kill Lennie himself, his death would be worse in the hands of Curley. When George says "No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know," it was like a goodbye to Lennie because he wanted Lennie to know before he died, he didn't disappoint anyone. In order for George to survive and for Lennie to be saved, George had to kill Lennie himself and make up a story. It was for his and Lennie's own

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