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Justin Clay Period 12 Am Lit Of Mice and Men The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two ranch hands George and Lennie George is a small smart-witted man while Lennie is a large mentally- handicapped man They are trying to raise enough money to buy their own ranch by working as ranch hands During the setting of the story they are at a ranch whose owners name is Curley It is in this setting that the novel reveals that the main theme is death and loss Lennie accidentally killing all of his pets establishes that the theme of this novel is death and loss These pets consist of mice dogs kittens etc Lennie loves to feel and pet animals but he does not know his own strength He kills them without really noticing what he has done until George tells him that he did something wrong After being scolded Lennie is very remorseful about what he did Once after being yelled at Lennie says I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead- because they were so little 13 Lennies remorse is probably more for upsetting George than it is for actually killing the animal Another way that death and loss is evidenced by this novel is when Lennie killed Curleys wife When Lennie is in the barn after killing his new puppy Curleys wife came into the barn and came on to Lennie Lennie not knowing what was happening let her lull him into touching her hair To Lennie it was like petting any other animal Curleys wife became flustered when Lennie became scared and would not let go of her hair She started to scream and Lennie tried to cup her mouth which concluded in him killing her Lennie was truly remorseful after this action Soon after killing her Lennie can be heard saying to himself I done a bad
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