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M. Loeffler Regents Prep 11. English 11

In The Histories of Herodotus, Herodotus states that “…men are at the mercy of events and cannot control them.” There are two novels that I have read that this quote applies to. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two migrant farm workers, George and Lenny, who get into trouble due to the fact that Lenny is slow minded and huge in physical stature. The other novel that comes to mind is Night by Elieser Wiesel. In this novel, Elie is part of the deportation to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses characterization to portray the characters and help the reader get to know them. In this book, Lenny is a very large man but is mentally handicapped. George, his friend since childhood, takes Lenny under his wing and tries to keep him out of trouble while still saving up money for their dream. The two men’s dream consist of buying a little farm house far away from everybody while having animals and “living off the land.” This dream is almost within reach until Lenny makes a life changing mistake and accidentally kills his boss’s daughter in-law by strangling her trying to keep her quiet. Then, all of the farm hands are sent out in a search party to find Lenny. George finds Lenny first and ends up shooting him in the back of the head while Lenny is in the middle of a day dream so that way the other men could not torture him and he died while being happy. George had no control of what Lenny did and had to kill him in order to save himself from personal guilt. In the autobiography Night, Elieser Wiesel is faced with extraordinary challenges that he must overcome to survive. The author uses characterization to help the reader understand what he goes through and really get the insight of how life was like during this time. Elie is just a boy when he was deported to a concentration camp with the rest of his family. When they arrive by train, his father and him are separated from his mother and his siblings. His mother and siblings were marched in to a gas chamber and put to death while his father and he lie about having experiences in work trades. Throughout the novel Elie is part of a horrible event that he has no control over, but has to make it through it in order to live In the both novels, the men are at the mercy of events that they have no control over. Elie has to overcome the problems that are part of the event in order to survive and George has to kill Lenny in order to be able to live his life without feeling guilt. George knew that Lenny was going to die either way, so he makes sure Lenny doesn’t see it coming and his last thoughts were happy ones. This quote that is provided is completely accurate.

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