Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
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  • What are the characteristics of a true friendship? 
  • He ain ´ t no cuckoo, he ´ s dumb as hell, but he ain ´ t crazy. An ´  I ain ´' t so bright neither
  • It jus seems kinda funny a cuckoo like him and a smart guy like you travelin together  
  • If there ´ s any fightin ´  you stay out of it 
  • What is an individuals duty to others?
  • I don't wanta fight!
  • I didn't wanta! I didn't wanta hurt him!
  • What is empathy? Is it a good characteristic? Explain.
  • Ouch! 
  • In my personal opinion, a true friend should be loyal to you and defend you even if you are not around. If they really care about their friend and they hear someone talking bad about them then they would confront the person and tell them to cut it out, even if it wasn't meant to be taken offensively. In Of Mice & Men, the author clearly shows that George and Lennie are very close and good friends. In the scene shown above, Slim asks George why someone as intelligent as him would travel around with someone like Lennie, he wasn't trying to offend George, he was just stating that Lennie isn't the brightest man in the world. George quickly responds to his comment by saying, He ain't no cuckoo, he's dumb as hell, but he ain’t crazy. An’ I ain’t so bright neither...¨ This means that George’s  loyalties lie with Lennie and he isn’t willing to allow anyone to talk bad about his friend.
  • In my opinion, an individual’s duty to others is to help each other out when needed. They should be able to give advice to those they care for. Of course, you don’t always have a solution, but they should at least try to help out their friend and help them come up with a solution. In Of Mice & Men, the author shows the reader that George only wants what is best for Lennie. He constantly tells him that if he follows the rules he’s given then he will be able to tend the rabbits. However a specific example, as shown above in this scene, George instructs Lennie to stay away from Curley and tells him, ¨If there’s any fightin’, you stay out of it.¨ This means that George just wants Lennie to stay out of trouble and doesn’t want his best friend to get hurt. He knows that if Lennie does fight, he will win but it will cause a lot of problems and George nor Lennie would want to go through that, especially since Curley is the bosses son.
  • Based on my knowledge, empathy is being able to understand what someone is going through. To be empathetic means that this person is able to feel what the other person is feeling and although you probably haven’t gone through the exact same thing as the other person, they possibly have gone through something similar, or maybe they are just really good at putting themselves in other people’s shoes. Either way, it is extremely clear that George and Lennie have been through a lot together. They are able to comfort one another when needed. In this scene shown above, Lennie hurts Curley by breaking his hand and he immediately feels guilty. He even says, ¨I didn’t wanta. I didn’t wanta hurt him!¨ This means that Lennie feels guilty about hurting Curley most likely because he didn’t want to hurt anyone. Lennis is empathetic because he knows how upset he would be if that happened to him. Even though Curley is the one who started the fight, he still chooses to feel empathetic towards him, showing us what a good friend Lennie truly is.
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