Death In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Death is a major focus in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, having several deaths that build up to the final resolution. In the novel Of Mice and Men, The death of the mice, Candy’s dog, the puppy, and Curley’s wife each give a deeper insight into Lenny and how others try to control him. The first death that is presented by Steinbeck is that of the mouse that Lenny pulls out of his pocket in the beginning of the novel. Lennie tries to hide the mouse from George by holding “his closed hand away from George’s direction. ‘It’s on’y a mouse, George.’” (Steinbeck, 5). Lenny’s immediate instinct is to hide the mouse from George because the mouse represents Lenny’s primal instinct. Although Lenny claims that he only wants to pet the mouse, Steinbeck
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