I need help writing an introduction paragraph for the book "Of mice and Men". The topic was, Discuss whether or not George's actions in the final scene were proper. Include a discussion of what...

I need help writing an introduction paragraph for the book "Of mice and Men". The topic was, Discuss whether or not George's actions in the final scene were proper. Include a discussion of what the alternatives for Lennie would be and compare them to what actually happened. It would be great if someone would help, Thank You!

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbach presents a very hard dilemma, for George has to decide what to do with Lennie.  Maybe explain here, in this part of your introductory paragraph, what Lennie has done.  George is Lennie's interpreter of the world, and without George, Lennie would not understand and would be afraid all the time.  In my opinion, George, faced with only negative choices for his friend, reluctantly does the right thing for Lennie. 

Please use my introduction paragraph only as a suggestion and guideline as you will need to decide if YOU think George did the right thing and maybe use that as your thesis statement.  This second paragraph could be your discussion of whether George did the proper thing and WHY you believe that. 

I think that during the Great Depression, there were almost no choices for someone like Lennie.  He has been very lucky to have someone like George to guide him.  George knows that this time, Lennie will not escape from the ranch.  Lennie will either be caught and hanged by the group of men chasing them, or he will end up in jail where he will be bewildered by that world and alone in it with no friends at all. Discuss the alternatives YOU see for Lennie and maybe how they will affect him.

Take whichever ideas here you think express your OWN ideas and compare them to what actually did happen in the book in your third paragraph. Then write a conclusion paragraph to draw it all together.  Remember to look back at your revised introduction paragraph and thesis statement before you write your conclusion.