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Lennies Guilt in Of Mice and Men Lennie Small the strong but dull-witted farm hand experienced a psychotic break-down near the end of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck This episode was brought on by a tremendous feeling of guilt While Lennies head was full of the thoughts of the death of Curleys wife his burden upon George and his mental relationship with his aunt Clara and the giant rabbit a somewhat confusing portrayal of Lennies true guilt was shown Lennie feels guilty about the death of Curleys wife He accidentally broke her neck while trying to calm her down He was scared that George would get mad at him and not let him tend the rabbits Lennie felt guilty because he knew he had done a bad thing Whether or not it was an accident Lennie had killed Curleys wife Lennie liked Curleys wife though he was not permitted to associate with her When he killed her it was as if he was losing a companion leaving Lennie with a sad feeling of loss Lennie truly does feel guilty about her death not only because it was a bad thing but because he had lost a friend A few times throughout the story especially near the end Lennie realizes how much of a burden he is on George George had always taken care of Lennie Even when times were rough George always made sure that Lennie was alright Although most of the bad events the had taken place were Lennies fault George protected Lennie from people and things that might have caused him harm George tells Lennie that he could have a wonderful time without him Lennie knows that this is true George could do many activities that he cannot do without having to watch out for Lennie constantly He could spend his money in cat houses and in pool parlors Lennie feels
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