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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

 

(Essay #3)
 
In the novel 'Of Mice and Men' (John Steinbeck) a mentally
challenged man, Lenny, loses his innocence when he
accidentally breaks a woman's neck. In the novel 'Flowers
for Algernon' (Daniel Keyes) another mentally challenged
man, Charlie, loses his innocence when, through the aid of
an operation, he realizes that all his life people were
mocking him rather than being his friends. Although, in
both cases innocence was the loss, their innocence was also
the underlying cause of the loss.
 
Lenny had a soft spot for petting animals and soft things
and was totally oblivious to the fact that he was much too
big and strong for such delicate creatures, and even some
humans. "Lenny's fingers fell to stroking her hair... he
stroked harder... "Let go!" she cried... She struggled
violently... and then she was still; for Lenny had broken
her neck." (page 91). In innocence of his own strength,
Lenny had killed a woman and suddenly traded his innocence
for guilt.
 
Charlie grew up having a paradise-like world where he
supposedly had many friends. His lifelong ambition was to
become smart. When the chance came he took the offer
readily, unprepared for the changes in his life it would
bring. "And what was that Joe and the rest of them were
doing. Laughing at me. And the kids playing
hide-and-go-seek were playing tricks on me and they were
laughing at me too... I felt naked" (page 30). All of a
sudden Charlie realized that everyone had always laughed at
him, not with him, and he suddenly felt ashamed/naked. In
his innocence he had requested "smartness" and with it came
the loss of his innocence followed by shame then anger.
 
In both cases Lenny and Charlie were tempted and in their
innocence they accepted. In both cases their innocence was
lost. Although their innocence may have appeared to others
as a struggle, to both Lenny and Charlie it was a paradise,
and they knew that. Thankfully they both regained their
innocence and in doing so, they both regained their
paradise. 

 




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