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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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Sep 11, 2011

Read from September 11 to 26, 2011

Pages read:

The Aviator: 106-148
Of Mice and Men: 1-107
Total pages read: 150

Summary: Of Mice and Men is a very tragic book that takes you on an adventure through a sorrowful period of time in the complicated lives of two men, George and Lennie. George and Lennie are forced to move from place to place, from job to job, because Lennie always gets into some kind if trouble which forces him and George to run away from that town. George still looks after Lennie, however, for reasons the author leaves to the imagination of the reader. George fantasizes on several different occasions about what he could do and how successful he could be if he did not have Lennie slowing him down, but he never acts on these fantasies. So he is forced to move from job to job as he travels with Lennie. Finally, near the end, Lennie takes it to far and accidentally kills the boss's daughter in law. George does not even try to run away with him this time, and instead, tracks Lennie down and shoots him in the back of the head, killing him painlessly, but killing him none the less. This shooting is the dramatic ending to this story of pain and sorrow in the everyday man's life.

Relation between The Aviator and Of Mice and Men: Both stories relate a story of one person having to take care of less capable person and protect them from the surrounding world. In The Aviator, a pilot must protect an injured 11 year-old girl after a plane crash. He must face the brutality of the surrounding world, which is barren wilderness in a frozen wasteland. In Of Mice and Men, George must protect Lennie from the surrounding world but in a different sense. He must protect Lennie from society, which although might seem like an easier task, turns out to be just as hard. Both George and the pilot could have a better life if they only left their helpless companions. George could work without getting fired, and the pilot could walk to safety, but neither can leave their helpless companion to die. In the end of each novel, however, George decides to kill Lennie for his wrongdoing while the pilot carries his load, the injured girl, on his back for many miles, barely escaping death as he weakly stumbles upon a ranchers home.
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Kelly O'Rourke Great response! So is George heroic for not leaving Lennie? Is he heroic for killing him?


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