Of Mice and Men
The two make their way to Tyler ranch , a Californian barley farm. As they are walking down the road, George notices Lenny putting something in his pocket. Upon being asked, Lenny replies "It's a mouse, George." .. a dead mouse. Lenny had been feeling its fur in its pocket. George throws the mouse away, and Lenny is saddened. When he had lived with his Aunt Claire, she had given him mice to touch and he had almost always crushed them as he held them.
John Steinbeck, the author of "Mice and Men" - wrote a simple story. George and Lenny are driven by a dream to have a small farm, where Lenny can raise rabbits. But that dream is interrupted by Lenny being unable to control his feelings. George lets him have a puppy but eventually Lennys yearning for the touch of soft fur, ends that pup's life. And finally, Lenny is given the chance to touch the soft dark hair of a woman and in so doing he drives himself out of control - touching her hair repeatedly until she attempts to make him stop. In his attempt to keep her from screaming, and getting him into trouble - he breaks her neck.
And so the story ends as it began - a posse hunting Lenny down for what he had done to the woman. Perhaps the mice that had died within Lenny's horrible but loving grasp are no different echo a terrible cost to the passions of man - a sense that perhaps within us all, we have a drive to do horrible things to others without really knowing what it is we've done. In some sense we are all like George, forever trying to control and direct the primitive man - keeping ourselves just ahead of the law. And finally, in the end, destroying him. And freeing ourselves from the life and culture of a world where desire rules over reason. George wonders aloud in the story why men simply don't go to a whorehouse, you can go in , get drunk and come out happy - its a clean experience.