Heroism In Of Mice And Men

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Throughout the course of the novel Of Mice and Men, George shows his heroism as he strives to protect his friend Lennie. While George might be short-tempered and impatient, he is a loving and devoted friend whose frequent protests against life with Lennie never weaken his commitment to protecting his friend. George’s first words, a firm warning to Lennie not to drink so much water at the stream because Lennie could get sick, set the tone of their relationship. As the story progresses, George’s sense of responsibility begins to deepen as he realizes that he holds Lennie’s fate, and ultimately his life, in his hands. During his conversation with Slim when George admits that he once abused Lennie for his own amusement, readers see that George is capable of change and growth. From this incident, George learns the moral lesson that it is wrong to take advantage of the weak, and he willingly accepts the role of being Lennie’s caregiver. Of Mice and Men follows George toward the difficult realization that the world is designed to prey on the weak, and George is forced to step into the role of a hero as he commits an…show more content…
By doing whatever he could to protect his friend, George seems to surmount all the obstacles in his way in order to help Lennie. George’s friendship with Lennie created a powerful bond between both men that is shown as a sign of hope to many of the other men on the ranch. By shooting Lennie, George does the last thing he can do to save his friend from the brutality of the world in which they lived. By giving up on his own dreams in order to save his friend, George sadly steps into the role of a hero. While nobody but Slim understands the full meaning of what George has done, the audience witnesses the strong bond of unwavering friendship between the men and the tragic heroism of George’s
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