Of Mice and Men Vs. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

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Of Mice and Men Vs. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

It is generally thought that to live in the world successfully you must understand the world you live in. One might debate what it means to live successfully. For the purpose of this essay, this writer is referring to the ability of a person to contribute to the world in a meaningful way and to have relationships based on an equitable interchange. Another perspective has been expressed by journalist Doug Larsen who stated “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” The character Lennie in Of Mice and Men and the ward patients in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest are examples supporting this quote. They both have similar naïve attitudes and innocent visions of the world. This essay will further explore the similarities between Lennie and the ward patients.

Lennie from Of Mice and Men is a dependent person. He depends on George, his friend and traveling companion. George promises to never leave Lennie alone “You ain’t gonna leave me, are ya’ George? I know you ain’t!” (Steinbeck Pg. 103). Though George knows Lennie is a burden he stays to help Lennie “Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him." (Steinbeck Pg. 41). George helps Lennie to function properly in real world situations that prove stressful and confusing for Lennie’s simple mind. George has an integral role in Lennie successfully getting a job on the work farm. Lennie is strong and a good worker but he does not have the ability to understand or answer appropriately the questions of the employer during the interview. George does most of the speaking for Lennie during the interview which helps them get the job. George finds himself responsible for much of Lennie’s needs. George States, “I ain’t gonna let ‘em
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