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Who Moved My Cheese

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Johnson has made up a story to demonstrate that we will have change in our lives whether we want it or not, and that what is important is how we deal with it. Using two mice and two small men, he shows the readers that it's how we handle change that will decide how happy we are. Johnson uses metaphors in the story to explain to the reader not to overlook every situation and look at it from a simple point of view. For instance, Johnson’s definition of “Cheese” is what we want to have in life and what makes us happy such as a job, a healthy relationship, a house, anything that the heart truly desires. When the “Cheese” is taken away people handle change in many different ways. “The maze” is defined as the place you spend looking for what you want.

Johnson uses two small mice (Sniff and Scurry) and two little people (Hem and Haw) to demonstrate the different ways people handle situations when they lose their “Cheese.” Over the course of their young lives these two small mice and two little people would run to Cheese Station C everyday to enjoy their “Cheese.” When all of a sudden the cheese in Cheese Station C was gone it was now time for Johnson to show the different ways people handle change in their lives.

Sniff and Scurry did not let the drought of cheese get in the way of their lives. The two little mice ran out into the maze in search for new “Cheese.” In real life terms this is how Sniff and Scurry handled change, they acted immediately to achieve success and move on with their lives. On the other hand, Hem and Haw stayed back at Cheese Station C continually coming back day after day hoping cheese would someday miraculously come back. Growing weak and tired Haw ventures off to discover new “Cheese.” After a long journey through the maze Haw finds what he has set out to find, “Cheese.” He not only finds cheese but his old friends Sniff and Scurry.

During Haw’s journey through the maze he writes handwritings on the wall to remind him of his new journey. Haw hopes someday Hem ventures into the maze to discover new “Cheese” and comes upon these handwritings on the wall to help guide him as well. One handwriting was very simple, “Having



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