Due to General Zaroff’s savage doings for satisfaction, he seems to have lost his humanity and de-valued human life far more than the Villagers and their customs did. Both characters in these two short stories felt that what they were doing was the right thing. In “The Lottery,” they mention “that over in the north village they're talking of giving up the lottery.”(Jackson, paragraph 32). Old Man Warner calls the north village a “pack of fools” stating that, that is not the way to go. He believes they must carry on this tradition and he never has come to realized how awful it is.
Seth Lowery Professor Judy Parks English 102 January 2013 A Soldier’s Home Literary Response I feel as though this story overall was well written. However, I must criticize the actions of the characters and the mistakes they made, even though I know they are fictional. Harold Krebs seems to be the type of person who feeds on attention. Even though it is not directly stated, I think that he probably enlisted not to serve his country, but moreover for the bragging rights about being a Marine in the war. He does not seem to be particularly motivated to serve his country, as the story states that he got too big for his uniform, meaning he was not staying in shape and was probably slacking off and shrugging his workload.
Lennie is incapable of making decisions by himself and relies and depends on George entirely and also looks to him as sort of a big brother. Lennie also sees that George is helpful for guidance and answers which relates to Lennie’s mental abilities. Lennie feels a sense of safeness and comfort when he is with George, whereas when Lennie is without George he sometimes feels awkward and misunderstood by others. George refers to Lennie as his cousin in the book, only to avoid questions being asked and hassle from the ranch owner. But the truth to the matter is that George promised Lennie’s Aunt Clara that he would take care of him when she passed away.
He has a childlike faith that George will always be there for him, a faith that seems justified, given their long history together. George, on the other hand, thinks of Lennie as a constant source of frustration. He has assumed responsibility for Lennie’s welfare and has, several times, been forced to run because of trouble Lennie has inadvertently caused. Life with Lennie is not easy. However, despite George’s frequent bouts of anger and frustration, and his long speeches about how much easier life would be without Lennie, George is clearly devoted to his friend.
He is grouchy and has a short fuse. For example, he berates his traveling friend right to his face, and even suggests his life would be much better if his companion Lennie was not around. George even tells others that his friend Lennie is not very bright, right in front of Lennie. But on the other side of his personality, he shares his friend’s good points and fiercely protects Lennie from anyone and anything. For example, after a long walk towards the new ranch, George warns “Lennie, for God’s sakes don’t drink so much” and “Lenni.
There are numerous examples of this in Of Mice and Men. Relationships between the characters in Of Mice and Men suggest that human nature is inherently predatory. Each character possesses strengths and weaknesses; however each character finds a way to flaunt his or her superiority over another individual by belittling that person’s weaknesses. Each of the major characters is weak in their specific circumstance of isolation and need for emotional support. Most people in our present day society are afflicted by the same basic human need.
TT [Lennie holds George back, but George cares so much for Lennie that he’s willing to overcome the challenges.] Lennie has issues, he can’t help it, but it’s real hard on George. When George gets really agitated from Lennie he doesn’t mean to yell, but he can’t help it. It hurts Lennie, he once told George that he “should go away and leave [George] alone,” that he “could go off in the hills” and “some place [he’d] find a cave” (12). T1 [George felt bad hearing his best friend say that, as much as that would get rid of George’s challenges, he cares too much for Lennie to lose him] George’s agitation might harm Lennie, but George has to ventilate his anger somehow.
It seems that everyone thinks that all disaster has struck in Amy Hempel’s "Today Will Be A Quiet Day." I disagree. I think that everything might seem to be going bad, but when the day is over the children’s father realizes that everything is absolutely fine. The situations in the beginning of the story lead you to believe that the story will be depressing. But throughout the story I pick up little hints that this day was exactly what everybody needed: to get away from everything.
Men and women seek hope in his or her lives in order to make something of themselves useful, but they cannot find it because of the fact that they are too isolated by his or her surroundings. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates Lennie’s friend, George, as a person who has a bit of hope, but is worried that his “partner” is going to ruins his life once again like at the time they were at Weed. George is often characterized as a person who has to take care of Lennie because he knows that the only person that could ever make things go wrong is Lennie. “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” specifically represents George because it shows that even though he has little hope on his side, he has to take of one’s life, and that is Lennie Small. When George has hope on his side, he says, “We’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens.
The two main characters George and Lennie both encounter different but somewhat similar acts of loneliness. George had been given the responsibility to look after Lennie, who has mental retardation. George very well appreciates having Lennie as a friend. Although, George gets upset when Lennie’s ignorance gets them into trouble. This happens because when Lennie’s lack of knowledge gets them into trouble;