Anxiety In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at any point of his or her lives. There are many different types of anxiety, such as social, panic or other phobias. Anxiety disorders are different. An anxiety disorder is a mental illness. People with this disorder experience worry and fear. They are constantly overwhelmed. Panic anxiety or disorder is when an individual has feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Lennie in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men suffer from a panic disorder. Usually a panic disorder is a physical action. But the characters suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder involves excessive unrealistic worry. This means there’s not really anything that provokes…show more content…
He constantly worries he is useless to the farm and the Boss. He joins in on Lennie and George’s dream of the farm. But he suffers from anxiety when Carlson offers to shoot his old dog. Candy fears the Boss is going to fire him because he can’t do much work on the farm. Candy also has dreams about the farm with George and Lennie. This dream helps Candy forget how can barley do work. Candy suffers from anxiety when his dog is going to be shot. Even though he knows it’s for the best, he can’t detach himself from his dog, “Candy looked unhappily. ‘No’ he said softly. ‘No, I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long’”(45). Candy feels a connection to his dog because he’s been by his side since the dog was a puppy. When you have a strong connection to someone it’s hard to let go. Candy feared the dog was going to be in more pain then he already is. If Candy wasn’t attached to his dog, he wouldn’t fear the worse with his dogs killing. Candy has physical barriers and internal barriers, like fear. These restrict him from doing his job the best he can. For example he doesn’t know what’s best for his suffering dog. Candy suffers from anxiety with his dog’s death and his restrictions for

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