Responsibility Of Love In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The Weight of Responsibility of Love One of the heaviest burdens in one’s life is being responsible for someone else’s life. A story heavily relating to this is that called Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. The two main characters in that story are George Milton and Lennie Smalls. They are migrant workers of southern California. George takes care of Lennie who is mentally challenged; this responsibility includes pulling him out of the trouble he constantly causes. The burden of responsibility lays heavy on Georges shoulders. George shows his responsibility for Lennie when he drinks from the mucky pond water and George scolds him saying: “Don’t drink so much… you gonna be sick like you was last night.” (3). George feels as if Lennie…show more content…
George speaks of this incident in the new town that they work in saying, “Well, that girl rabbits in an’ tells the law she been raped.” (42). After this incident, George realizes that they must get out of that town before they get caught. Before they moved, George told Lennie to meet him at a specific bush outside of the ranch if he causes any trouble. Another scene that Lennie causes in their new workplace is killing Curley’s wife. Curley is the son of the boss, a boxer and a man very protective of his wife. Curley does not like Lennie to begin with because he is taller and bigger than him, so the reader can only imagine how angry Curley is when he finds his wife dead. Lennie’s only reaction to the scene of killing Curley’s wife is that George is not going to think highly of him anymore. He speaks to himself saying, “George is gonna say I did a bad thing. He ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits.” (91) The reader knows from this reaction that Lennie truly does not know the meaning and importance of responsibility. Because of this incident, Lennie must go hide near the bush that George told him to. Curley takes George and the other armed men to find Lennie. One of the men named Carlson went to find his gun and could not. The men assume that Lennie took it, and Curley says that if he finds him, he will shoot him in the gut to

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