To Kill a Mockingbird vs. of Mice and Men

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What life lessons can the reader take away from the study of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men

English Language Arts PGL 20F
Mrs. Zacharuk
January 14th, 2014

Life is not perfect; sometime we succeed and sometime we fail. But, the good thing is we can learn from our mistakes. To Kill a Mockingbird and of Mice and Men show us many useful life lessons. These lessons can teach us how to be a considerable person and live a better life with others. The main three lessons are courage, seeing things from others’ perspective and showing compassion.In both novels, there is a lot of courage that the readers see either in decisions that the characters take or in hard situation, but all the characters in these novels have a different view as to what courage is, and they all show it in different ways through their everyday lives. Some of the examples are when George had the courage to kill Lennie, and give up his dream and his best friend. He loved Lennie and yet he had the heart to kill him and save him from the inevitable torture that Curly would have put him through. You could tell that George really didn’t want to kill him because his hand was trembling and he had to put the gun down and really try hard to pull through. “The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied.” (Pg. 106) Also he really wanted the house, his own land and the freedom of it all and he knew that if he killed Lennie then that would not happen, and it takes a strong man to give up his dream. Another example of courage in of Mice and men is when George stands up to Curly when he first meets him. Curly sizes him up and acts like he is tough and wants to fight and George stands right up with him and doesn’t budge, and that show when George Saied “ S’pose he don’t want to talk?” (Pg. 25) example from to Kill a Mockingbird is when Atticus took the case. He went against Maycomb, a generally prejudice town, in order to…