Deaths In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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From the 2 books we have read over the course of a few months, encountering some major and dramatic deaths. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two men, Lennie and George who can’t seem to hold a job because Lennie, who’s isn’t the brightest of them all. Always doing something to mess them up along the way causing them to lose their jobs, having to move on and try to get another job. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about class, mainly the two main classes the greasers and the socs. The greasers are the gang that aren't the wealthiest of the two gangs. They have a lot of grease in their hair which is where they get the name greasers. The socs are the gang that are very wealthy and own blue mustangs, have expensive rings and nice madras…show more content…
Johnny from The Outsiders killed a soc only to protect his friends, which to him felt like family. He did what he thought was best he didn’t think twice about it. Lennie from Of Mice and Men killed Curley’s Wife he didn’t know any better. He did it because he thought that it would get him out of trouble so he would still be able to tend the rabbits. “And I get to tend the rabbits” (Page 105) Lennie has always wanted to tend the rabbits ever since they have been working towards their American Dream and living off the fatta the land. The deaths of Johnny and Lennie happened only because they had killed someone before hand, it was for their own good so they wouldn’t have to suffer any other pain. Lennie was shot in the back of the head by his best friend George to save him from having to go to jail or ending up in a mental institution or getting killed by Curley. Johnny had died after the rumble because he was already injured and burnt from the barn fire and he tried to fight in the rumble against the socs but he then died at the end. It is better off that Johnny had died instead of suffering all the pain in the hospital then after he got better, possibly getting in trouble with the cops for killing a
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