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Of Mice and Men: Thesis

             In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie is a simple friendly, loving man that cannot keep himself out of trouble. Lennie has the mind and personality of a tiny boy, but the body and strength of a fearsome killer. This unbelievable strength brings more harm than good to Lennie throughout the book and probably his entire life. There are numerous examples that support my thesis. One example is when Lennie breaks Curley’s hand. Another is when he kills Curley’s wife. Finally, all the times he kills the animals. .
             Lennie shows how his strength brings harm to him when he breaks Curley’s hand. Curley was an angry little man, who always wanted to hurt Lennie. He came into the bunkhouse looking to fight someone, so he picked on innocent old Lennie. Lennie never wanted to bring harm to Curley, but George told him to fight back, and Lennie will do anything that George tells him to do. So Lennie fought back, and broke Curley’s hand. He was bawling afterwards because he is a gentle man but he was cursed with amazing strength and size. It shows that Lennie didn’t want to do this when he says, “You tol’ me to George, I didn’t wanta, I didn’t want to hut him,” Lennie cried miserably (Pg. 64). This shows that Lennie is really a gentle man and he doesn’t want to do these bad things.
             Another example of how Lennie’s great strength hurts him is when Lennie kills Curley’s wife. This fatal accident happened because Lennie is a simple man, and he was confused. She let him play with her hair and Lennie got out of control. He is obsessed with things that are soft. Lennie just wanted her to stop yelling because he didn’t want to get in trouble, but again his unbelievable strength made him do something he didn’t wish to do. .
             Finally Lennie shows how his great strength brings harm to him when he kills a lot of small animals because of his obsession with touching soft things.

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