Why does John Steinbeck end Of Mice and Men the way he did? That is, why did he have Lennie die and not have an alternate ending? Please explain.
In considering the ending of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, it is important to remember that the novella has been written in the style of Social Realism. While this work is a sympathetic portrayal of the lives of the bindle-stiffs during the Depression, it also exposes the injustices and inequalities of life and the struggle of the strongest to survive amid loneliness and alienation.
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