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The novella Of Mice and men by author John Steinbeck illustrates thelife of a 1930s migrant farm worker The novella tells the story ofGeorge and Lennie two men that have been brought together after thedeath of Lennies elderly Aunt Clara Lennie and George have a dream ofowning land one day and the only way to a achieve this dream is to movefrom job to job raising earning enough money to purchase the land neededto fulfill their dream In the novella Steinbeck illustrates Lennie asmentally challenged This disability causes many troubles for theunlikely pair on their path to the American Dream In the novellaSteinbeck uses the characters of George and Lennie and the symbol ofCandys dog to develop the theme that powerlessness can lead to a lackof choices and a feeling of entrapmentThe characters of George and Lennie help Steinbeck develop the themebecause at some point in the story both are silenced leaving themwithout the freedom of choice and trapped in the hands of othersSteinbeck illustrates this with the quote said by George to LennieYou jus stand there and dont say nothing Steinbeck 6 Thisquote portrays the lack of power Steinbeck has give the character ofLennie He is revealing the true lack of choices Lennie has and thelack of decisions he makes involving their dream While George isillustrated as leaving Lennie powerless most of the time others feel thewrath of this unfortunate problem also including George himself At theend of the novella George is left with the unfortunate choice to shootLennie after an ill-fated problem arises from Lennies unlucky strengthGeorge came to the realization that the other men would not actrationally in dealing with this issue but will do their utmost to makeLennies death painful George is left powerless in this situation hehas no choice but to take Lennie out himself for he will do it muchmore humanely Overall Lennie was left powerless through most of thenovella and was not allowed to make many choices
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