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George's Justice In Killing Lennie In Of Mice And Men--with A Free Essay Review
George had been taking care of Lennie for a long time, he understood that Lennie was just stupid and didnt know what he was doing. When Lennie killed Curleys wife he had been stroking her hair and got tangled in it she started to scream and was afraid and thats when he panicked and that made him grab her hair tighter. He killed her by accident but no one would understand that. So when Curley was going to go after him he would torture Lennie, kill him painfully or even lock him up. All of those things would make Lennie miserable. George had to kill him unexpectedly and calmly so Lennie wouldnt feel anything.
If Curley would have got to Lennie first he would have probably shot him multiple times and not in places that would kill him right away. He would most likely have hurt him and make him feel miserable and helpless. He could as well have Lennie locked up and torture him daily until he would die. Curley would have wanted to get his revenge for Lennie breaking his hand, and there he had an opportunity.
Another reason for George to kill Lennie himself was that he knew how to soothe Lennie and make him happy, and that was talking about their dream place. He told Lennie about the rabbits and that he would tend them. That made Lennie happy and peaceful. It meant all to George that Lennie would not have a horrible death, so he shot Lennie at a time that he was happy and was not expecting death at all.
George also knew Lennie very well. They had been friends for a long time and they cared about each other and looked after one another. Even though George was mostly looking after Lennie than the other way around. It would have been wrong for Lennie to spend his last minutes scared and being threatened by some stranger or even Curly, someone that Lennie did not like.
So it would seem that George was right to kill Lennie. He could have faced a horrifying death or torture if someone else would have killed him. George will of course always have to live with the fact that he killed his friend but he can be comforted by the thought that he was saving him.
I think there are a few issue you could address in your revision of this essay.
1. Try writing an introduction. It should include the name of the novella, the name of the author, a little bit of general information about the novella, or about something related to the aspect of the work that you are interested in (such as Steinbecks cheerful disposition--just kidding) and, then, crucially, a thesis. A thesis is a statement of what you intend to argue in your essay. Sometimes theses begin like this In this essay, I argue that Of Mice and Men is [insert something interesting and arguable about the novella here]. You can use that template or instead approach the problem of writing a thesis more obliquely. But write a thesis. That will help you realise what you arguing in your essay. Realising what you are arguing will help you focus on that argument.
2. In your essay, you dont consistently focus on your argument. Perhaps everything you say could be used to support your argument, but you dont actually use everything you say to support your argument. This is the second thing you should change in your essay. Your reader will not be reading your essay to find out what happens in Of Mice and Men. If your reader wants to find out what happens, she or he will probably read the story. Your reader is reading your essay to find out what your argument about that story is. So you need to focus on articulating the argument. That does not mean should avoid summary altogether. It does mean that you should refer primarily to those parts of the story that you intend to analyse with a view to making and supporting your argument. So refer to some part of the story, quote some part of the story, and then ask yourself, What can I say about this that will help me make my argument compelling?
3. Your basic argument is that George was right to kill Lennie because he wanted in doing so to save Lennie from a worse fate than the relatively painless unexpected death George could give him. Thats not a completely crazy argument (and its also Slims argument), even if its a little superficial, and probably wouldnt get very far in a court of law. I think the problem you have here is that the question is not really a very interesting question, by which I mean its not a question that is seriously raised and thought about it in the novella itself. Steinbeck seems to be interested in death, but not that interested in the ethics of euthanasia. The fact that George does this, kills Lennie, for Lennie is perhaps interesting, though, as a weird consummation of the relationship between George and Lennie, and as an oblique comment on the depressing character of the world inhabited by these characters, a world in which murder can be an act of kindness. Im not sure there are many options for development here for you if you are committed to sticking with the question of whether the killing is justified, though I think you could do a better job of contextualizing the murder (would you call it that?) by explaining how it can be such a consummation of Georges friendship for Lennie. Of course that would require that you refer to more than the last few pages of the work.
4. Finally, on to easier matters: Youve got a comma splice in the first sentence; youre missing the apostrophe to indicate the possessive in the second sentence; youre also missing the comma to separate subordinate and independent clauses in the second sentence; and youve also got a run-on sentence appended to your second sentence. I wont go on, but obviously you have some difficulty with standard orthography, so I would encourage you to undertake a systematic review of the rules governing punctuation (in any grammar book, or at Purdues Online Writing Lab).
Submitted by: katlaboghildur
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
Some jerk knocked all the bikes over. But someone (perhaps the photographer?) set them all straight and then left. No one will know that anything happened. But he will. Kindness.
What does that mean?
This quote is from the famous story, The Lion and the Mouse, wherein a small Mouse, caught by the Lion, is released rather than eaten, as a kindness.
Later, the Mouse comes across the Lion, trapped in a net. The Mouse remembers the kindness done for him by the Lion, and chews through the ropes, freeing the Lion, and returning the kindness.
The moral of the story is held that there is no one so lowly that they cannot be of some use, and that none should be scorned for their lowly position or life.
That, in my opinion, still is true today. While most societies still have some forms of stratification, most people understand that kindness costs themselves little, and can be of great benefit to them when returned.
Why is kindness important?
In the case of this quote, it is an act of kindness, done to someone who could not possibly ever do a favor for you in return. And the experience, for those who have done it, is rather odd. Often, we do something for someone with the intention of having them do something nice in return.
When you do something nice for someone who you could not ever imagine having the ability to help you, the feeling is quite liberating. You aren’t thinking about how much to help, or what to do, weighing it against what they could do in return. You simply do what you can, and walk away.
Whether it’s putting enough change in the toll booth for the next few cars, or telling your server at the restaurant that you want to pay for someone else’s bill, it’s simply being kind. Those examples centered around money, but there are plenty of other ways to be kind to others.
Almost any volunteer work would fall under this category. You would be helping those least able to help themselves, much less help you. Unless, of course, you consider the warm feeling you get from helping someone else as a form of repayment, or their heartfelt thanks. That’s worth something, but you know what I mean.
Where can I apply this in my life?
As mentioned in the prior section, there are plenty of ways to be kind to others. And that is something at which, I believe, we can all improve. Can you ever be too kind? In my experience, I would say no. I have tried to do all I can, and could always think of things I could have done, if I’d had more time or energy.
But to me, the good feeling you get from doing a selfless act is the best thing about being kind. Even if you don’t see any immediate improvement in your material condition, you feel better inside. And, unless you don’t have your basic needs covered, that’s a great thing to have going for you.
Whether it is as simple as holding open a door for someone, or something more involved, like rebuilding a house, you still feel good inside. And if the person you held the door for doesn’t say thanks, and you get mad, does it say more about them, or about you? Perhaps they just forgot. Feel good anyway, don’t let them spoil it.
One time, on the way home from a shopping trip, there was a car stalled at an intersection, blocking traffic. I went past and pulled into a parking lot, then ran back and pushed them out of the road. Then I left, never looking back. I imagine they wanted to thank me. But I just let them wonder.
The other thing I like about selfless giving is that usually they end up being frustrated. They had something nice done, and they want to do something nice back, but they can’t find you. I always hope that they find someone else to whom they can do a kindness. That way it stretches out far and wide.
Think about that for a moment. You do something nice for someone, and they do something for you. It’s over. Two people were helped. End of story. But if you do something for someone else, they will have to find a third person so that they may perform an act of kindness. Then what will that person do?
And if any of these people get to liking the feeling of being kind to others, they might actually do it again. Now we’re up to at least four people, and as this continues, more people will do kindnesses to others. It really can spread like wildfire, if you choose to participate.
Imagine a world where a chain reaction of kindness was ongoing. Will it be better or worse than where we are today? Can you think of a single good reason not to help someone, some way, today? Even if it’s just a smile or a nod, acknowledging another person is a kindness too often lacking today.
And even if you’re never captured in a net, or save a small mouse, you never know when you might need for someone to help you with an act of kindness. And being kind to others always feels good. Give it a try. I dare you. 8)
From: Twitter, @tonyrobbins
confirmed at : https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Aesop The Lion and the Mouse
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