Role Of Choices In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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What are choices? What makes a choice a choice? And how do choices affect the people involved? Choices play a major part in the lives of many people, and that includes characters of stories. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is one example of the effects of choices on characters. Of Mice and Men is about the unlikely pair of two people, a small, quick man named George, and a large man with the mind of a child named Lennie. This pair works together to get the farm of their dreams, but those dreams are shattered after a violent choice that ended the companionship of the pair. Choices are a major part of people’s lives, and the morality of the choices you choose affect the outcome of the situation. The choice to be kind always leads to positive outcomes, while the choice to be violent always leads to negative outcomes, as seen in Of Mice and Men. Kindness is a choice made by many people, and this choice always leads to a positive outcome. An example of an act of kindness leading to a positive outcome is George choosing to take care of Lennie (pg.13). This choice to take care of the man-child makes Lennie happy, showing that George’s kindness had a positive effect on Lennie. Another example is when Candy offers to help pay for the farm that Lennie and George wanted (pg.59). This act of…show more content…
One example of this is when Curley decides to attack Lennie after Lennie continued to smile when Curley was taunted by the group, and Lennie breaks Curley’s hand in defense (pg.62-64). This shows that when Curley decides to choose violence over kindness he ends up receiving a negative outcome, which is him getting his hand broken. Another example of an act of violence leading to a negative outcome is when George kills Lennie at the end of the book (pg.106). When George kills Lennie, he immediately becomes depressed. These two examples in Of Mice and Men show that violence always ends with pain and

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