Of Mice and Men: Burdens of Responsibility Essay

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Of Mice and Men: Burdens of Responsibility

"OF MICE AND MEN IS A NOVEL WHICH EXPLORES THE BURDENS OF RESPONSIBILITY AS MUCH
AS ITS REWARDS."

By evaluating the novel of mice and men carefully I have found that every character in the novel has a facet of life that consists of burdens and responsibilities. The characters in the novel basically have three options in which they can live their lives. They can knuckle down, work hard, keep a positive frame of mind and try earnestly to improve their standard of living. An example of this is would be George Milton and Lennie Small. The other option is to walk around with a chip on their shoulder, not bother to improve oneself but eradicate those around him or her that serve as a frustration or
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He is very paranoid. She used him to get out of a situation she was not comfortable with and is now in a worse one where she cannot communicate with anyone properly.
She has become a prisoner. Curley and his wife take a negative approach towards their marriage therefore getting little out of the relationship and no real rewards. George and Lennie on the other hand ‘feed' off each other in a sense and grow in responsibility and love.

The rewards of responsibility vary in size and quality. As a result of George and Lennie's commitment towards each other they are rewarded with friendship and companionship. Crooks's alienation delivers to him humility and a realisation of how it is very difficult to function without friendship, he has gained knowledge at a price. His bitterness and anger also get him through life unlike
Candy. Curley's wife's reward has turned into a burden, she is free from her mother but no longer is granted a social life. Candy had his hand severed off at work and is rewarded by compensation and an easier workload. But he is disabled and lonely due to the departure of his dog making his life sad and without meaning. Due to Curley's bloodlines he probably never will get retrenched, but no body likes him not even his wife.

In my opinion the burdens outweigh the rewards of responsibility in this novel.
In some ways it is rather macabre that John Steinbeck builds his characters up to their most

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