Using the two main characters of the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows that in life, responsibility must be taken in moderation.
George takes on the challenge of caring for Lennie.
Lennie, in a life where he has always been protected by loved ones, looks for responsibility in dependent pets.
Each time he is given a chance with an animal, he always cares for it with gentile love.
Well, they wouldn’t be allowed to segregate him, be racist towards him, threaten him. In fact, because of his learning and his abilities, he may well have been in charge of a team of his own. You can find the passage in starting with “Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.” and it ends with “‘So that’s what Curley picks for a wife.'” Things to do with Curley’s Wife.
Then I think about the events that caused Crooks to be treated like this – the racist laws, the oppression of black people, the small-minded attitudes, the life on the farm, the lack of job stability, the Great Depression. “…the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.” “A girl was standing there looking in.” “She had full, rouged lips” “wide-spaced eyes” “heavily made-up” “Her fingernails were red.” “Her hair hung in little rolled clusters” “She wore a cotton housedress and red mules…
Let’s see if I can get that into something I can write about in ten minutes.
His use of colour and symbolism is particularly significant in painting a picture of her as something dangerous and forbidden.
Lennie’s good intentions fell short in comparison to his power.
Lennie was looking for responsibility in pets but took on too much when the animals would be killed by his overwhelming strength.