English II H
11 January 2013
Of Mice and Men Compare and Contrast Essay
Of Mice and Men has a very evident foreshadowing event. When Candy’s dog is killed it foreshadows that Lennie will be killed as well. The main similarity between the two deaths is the fact that the deaths are looked upon as mercy killing. The two deaths are both similar and different in many different ways. Lennie’s death came as no surprise because of all of the problems that he had been causing at the ranch. The dog’s death was much less evident; the book described the dog as old, smelly, and unable to see. The dog was killed by Carlson, a total stranger to him. Putting the dog down himself would have made Candy feel less pain because he was strong enough to do it himself. Lennie was killed by George. George was strong enough to do it himself, this showed that he had been planning on killing Lennie and the thought was not just spur of the moment. The killing of the dog in Of Mice and Men was foreshadowed Lennie’s death.
While there were similarities between the deaths of the dog and Lennie, there were also differences. George was killed partially because of the problems he had been causing on the ranch leading up to his death. Lennie got in a fight with Curly, killed his puppy from Slim, and killed Curly’s wife before the men on the ranch urged George to go and kill him. George had been planning on killing Lennie for quite a while, finally when all of the trouble that Lennie had caused finally caught up to him, George felt that it was the right time to put him out of his misery. The dog on the other hand was killed only because it got in the way and made the bunkhouse smell bad. George asked Lennie right before he killed him if he was ready to go to the farm that they had been planning for months. The dog did not feel any pleasure before it died. George had some expectation of getting to go to the farm and tend the rabbits like he had been told for months...