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The strong and the vigorous in Of Mice and Men

Strength is not only the quality of being strong. Strength is also the power to resist an attack or stress; it is the ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.All of these meaning can be seen in the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In real life there are also exceptional examples of the different strengths. Mahatma Gandhi is a superlative representation of moral strength; he helped obtain India's independence by leading his people into a pacific revolution while the British were firing at them with guns. Another exemplification is Maria Isabel Urritia, the Colombian weightlifter, who was strong enough to become an Olympic champion. Different types of strength will be of great advantage in certain situations. Strength is shown in the novel in three different kinds such as moral, physical and the idea of the survival of the strongest.
Initially strength is displayed through morality. Making decisions requires a great deal of moral strength because it must be done under conscience and thinking about the consequences. This virtue is portrayed by George as he kills Lennie, "And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head. He pulled the trigger." (Steinbeck, 1937, p.106). Another example of moral strength is doing what is right, and taking charge of your own responsibilities. This concept of taking care of ones obligations is expressed by Slim when he speaks to George after Lennie was shot, "Never you mind. A guy got to sometimes…. You hadda George. I swear you hadda…" (Steinbeck, 1937, p.107). Helping those who are in need is another decent and honourable example of being morally strong. Through out the novel George takes care of Lennie, he expresses his concern for Lennie's well being when he says, "… You try to keep away from him will you? … Just don't have nothing to do with him…" (Stei…

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