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In "Of Mice and Men," what is the  significance of the dead mouse in terms...

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mussa | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2008 at 12:39 AM via web

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In "Of Mice and Men," what is the  significance of the dead mouse in terms of what it might tell us about Lennie?

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tpisano | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:06 AM (Answer #1)

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The dead mouse is significant because it reminds the reader of Lennie's mental handicap and how gentle-of-heart he truly is.  Although Lennie killed the mouse, he never meant it any harm.  He wanted to keep it as a pet and play with it.  Lennie did not know his own strength.This would come back to haunt him during the incident with Curley's wife. He never meant to hurt her, never mind kill her, but he never realizes what he is doing.  His power and strength often result in destruction and is the cause of his ultimate demise.

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