“Of Mice and Men” Essay
Am I my Brother’s Keeper?
Do you feel as if it is your duty to take care of or to watch over somebody that you care about? If so, George Milton feels the same way. In the novella “Of Mice and Men” George travels around with his companion, Lennie Small. Lennie’s last name is quite ironic because he is an enormous and very strong man. However, Lennie’s strong build compensates for his lack of intelligence. Lennie is mentally disabled and George feels the need to take care of him because of his disability. Likewise, George relies on Lennie for company. The question is why would George take on the responsibility for another person.
Due to Lennie’s disability, George has assumed the role of a protective older brother. Lennie forgets and loses many things and George is there to help alleviate the situation. For example, when George buys the work passes for Lennie and himself, he keeps both of them because he knows that Lennie will misplace or forget his pass. Besides forgetfulness, Lennie’s condition lands him in trouble and when that happens, George is always there to help him. For example, when Lennie breaks Curly’s fist, George and Slim make sure that Curly tells the farm’s boss that he caught his hand in a machine and not say that Lennie broke it. Another example is when Lennie sees a lady walking down the street in a vibrant red dress. Being attracted to it, he touches it and the lady panics. In the process the dress rips and she screams to help. When other men come to the lady’s rescue, George leads Lennie into a creek and they both hide until the angry riders no longer look for them. Finally, the ultimate act of protection is when George shoots Lennie to save him from the possibility of being tortured or brutally murdered.
Not only does Lennie count on George, but George is just as dependent on Lennie. For starters, it seems as though George relies...