The choices and the paths one takes can change a personslife now and forever. In Of Mice and Men characters can change their identity,but that does not mean they can change the basis of who they are. Decisions area big part of life; they will take you where one needs to go to succeed (notsucceed) in the real world. In John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men, manyimportant lessons are learned that can and will take us through life. Forexample, people cannot simply just run away from problems. Also, when people trysto set unrealistic goals, they dont experience success.
Lennie can neverchange and he will always be the same guy who is unable to control his ownstrength. People who try to change their destiny often fail because they cantchange their identity. In general, people are born with certain personalitytraits, which stay with them for their entire lives. Changing ones identity doesnt change their personality.
Moving away andstarting a new life can be an attempt to change ones identity. Starting overcan be for the better, but people stay the same more often than not. In the verybeginning of the novel, George and Lennie are in a bar. In the bar Lennie sees alittle girl with a bright, red dress. Lennies attracted to the color, and hehas a tendency to touch what he sees.
He therefore approached the girl andstarting feeling her dress. She tried to leave but Lennie anxiously got a quickgrabbing of the dress. This frightened the girl, which therefore lead to herscreaming and yelling rape. While all of this was going on Lennie was so scaredand confused that he just kept a tight grab on the girls dress. Lennie beingthat who he is did not know any better, Well, how the hell did she know youjus wanted to feel her dress? She jerks back and you hold on like it was amouse. She yells and we got to hide in an irrigation ditch all day with guyslooking for us, and we must sneak out in the dark and get outta the country.
pg24. The incident that occurred exemplifies Lennies behavior. Lennie is aman of unlimited intelligence who seems unaware of its massive strength. Afterall of this has happened, Lennie and George decide that the best thing would beto change their identity and leave the town as soon as possible. As the novelprogresses Lennies change of identity does not change who he really is.
Towards the end of the book after Lennie had just killed a pup:God damn you, he cried. Why do you have to get killed? You arentso little as mice. He picked up the pup and hurled it from him. He turned hisback on it. He sat bent over his knees and he whispered; Now I wont getto tend the rabbits. Now he wont let me.
Pg88Once again Lennie doesnt comprehend the affect of his strength on lesserbeings. Lennie could never change. He will never understand his size andstrength in comparison with an average person or animal. Its fatalistic, butLennie is who he is. Another example of someone attempting to change her identity is Curleyswife. Curleys wife feels she could have been someone else, someone different,who would have been a better person then she is now.
She thinks by marryingsomeone she will not still be that same tramp that she is:I tell you I iant used to living like this. I could made somethingof myself. She said darkly, Maybe I will yet, I lived right inSalinas, she said. Come there when I was a kid. Well, a show camethrough, and I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show.
But myold lady wound let me I dont like Curley. He isnt a nice fella.And because she had