Please answer these questions about Lennie and the deaths he causes in Chapter 5 of Of Mice and MenONLYCHAPTER 5,How does Lennie react to the death of the pup and to the death of Curley's...

Please answer these questions about Lennie and the deaths he causes in Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men

ONLYCHAPTER 5,How does Lennie react to the death of the pup and to the death of Curley's wife?  Explain the difference.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Lennie also tries to cover the puppy up and hide it.  If he can keep George from finding out that he has killed the puppy, he won't get into trouble.  He is also somewhat comforted by Curley's wife, who tells him the pup is nothing and can easily be replaced.

In contrast, Lennie, after killing Curley's wife, very quickly sneaks out of the barn and, the reader learns later, goes to the spot George told him to go to if he gets in trouble. 

This does demonstrate that Lennie understands the difference between killing a puppy and killing a human being.

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When Lennie kills the pup, he is upset at first because he thinks that George will not let him take care of the rabbits at their dream ranch.  Then he gets angry at the puppy for dying.

By contrast, Lennie is upset when he kills Curley's wife because he knows that he has done something bad.  He is not upset because of what George will think.  Instead, he is upset because he knows that he did wrong.

This shows to me that Lennie may be a bit slow, but he does realize that killing  a person is a huge deal.  So it tells me that he is not completely unaware of what is what in the world around him.

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