Imagine if you had almost no money, only had 1 true friend, and one goal that you will do anything to achieve. That's the life of George and Lennie, two farm hands who are about to start working on a ranch in Salinas, California. It seemed like everything was going well for the two of them, or at least they thought it was. Steinbeck argues, throughout Of Mice and Men, that we as humans need to be able to comprehend the fact that the American dream is impossible, so when we fail at that, we won't fall as hard as we might if we had full faith in it, and he develops this stance using diction choices, imagery, and characterization.
Wole Soyinka once said, “I have a kind of magnetic attraction to situations of violence.” In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, Lennie seems to attract violence and tragedy like a moth to a flame. George takes care of Lennie because of Lennie’s mental disability, and Lennie manages to find some trouble in every place George takes them. Lennie’s actions throughout the novella, play a major role in the events that occur, they leave Weed because of him, his new puppy dies because of him, Curley’s wife dies because of him, and their dreams shatter because of him.
.The novel Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck. In Soledad, California during the Great Depression in the 1930's two men of the one named George and the other named Lennie were men who travel around working at ranches. George is the small, quick-witted one, and Lennie is the big, slow, dumb and extremely strong one. They have a dream, to have a little place all to themselves, without anyone bothering them. Their dreams are shattered though, when Lennie, who doesn't know his own strength, gets in trouble. In the pursuit of love, happiness and the American dream, man becomes a victim of his own circumstances and discovers that the good life becomes impossible for humanity to obtain and contains
The clearing was quiet, it seemed lifeless. The Salinas River still flowed merrily near the hillside. The water was still warm from the afternoon sun, and still reflected a green hue. On one side of the river, the smooth foothill slopes still curved up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, and the other side was still lined with trees. The willows and sycamore branches still swung gently in the wind, and the leaves still created a green light within the space. It was totally calm and peaceful… but something was wrong. The air seemed heavier, and the sun seemed dimmer. No animals stirred, and everything seemed to be aware of a deep sadness. Nothing moved save for a small group of men standing around an unmoving figure.
The night was pitch black, misty and breezy but you could still see the path to the sycamores and the deep pool of water that laid ahead. The leaves swayed with the breeze. George stood still almost paralyzed staring at his dirty reflection in the water. Taking a step back the leaves crunched and it felt as if he’d just shot lennie again. Lennie’s last words running through his mind. He felt as he was pulling the trigger for the very first time once again and his heart stopped for a second just as Lennie’s did. His ears echoed hearing the invisible gun shot that was passed on to lennie. Two months without Lennie made George seem like a hopeless man. George’s american dream seemed no longer valuable and possible
As Slim was wrapping Curley’s hand, he couldn’t stop thinking about the excruciating pain that was thriving around. He tried to roll around to distract his mind but it was too much. Lennie had completely crushed the bones in his hand. “OWWWWWWWWWWWWW!” yelled Curley trying to disguise the pain.
Lionel Giverd was practicing his football one day on his team, and he suddenly landed on his arm he started to swear. He realized he would be in the cast for a while and he hoped he could make the team next year.
When is the right time to give up a loved one? No one wants to experience the pain of losing someone. If they are in trouble of losing their life and can’t be helped, we have to pick what's right. Euthanasia is a drug used to kill people who are terminally ill and incurable. This medicine refers to George shooting Lennie. Lennie was already in trouble for killing Curley’s wife on accident and he was scared someone was going to beat him up.George knew that Lennie was going to be killed because there was no way of helping him. George should not be accused of wrongdoing because there was no other way to save Lennie. Therefore, euthanasia should be legal for the sick and suffering, although this decision should be a choice and there is
The American Dream, is the wish to prosper. In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men told during the time of hard labor in the 1930’s about two close friends, who are all each other have, but are chasing this American dream, George and Lennie deal with several obstacles and road blocks with each other. Whether it be, hiding Lennie’s mental illness, or trying to keep a job to fulfill their version of the American dream, George will always carry Lennie in his heart, and Lennie tries his hardest to please George. Through characterization and foreshadowing readers learn about the deeper meaning and theme to the novella of the American Dream. Although some may say that George and Lennie are only externally flawed, by reading deeper, you can
When Steinbeck describes the barn at first it was quiet and nature taking its course, but after it had a more darker atmosphere and everything was more sad and depressing. Steinbeck also talked about the horses because no matter what environment they are in they did the same thing they always did. I think the author is trying to portray Lennie as a horse as he put it in that way in chapter 1 and no matter what he does the same mistake over and over again no matter what it is.
Since the beginning of time, the dual nature of humanity has comprised of two mindsets that lie on opposite ends of the human spectrum - rationality and sentiment. Long before the era of advanced technology, humans have consistently been put to the test against the elements, and every time a new challenge befell them, humans merely conquered and adapted to their new challenge due to their survival instinct to be at the top. The very nature of humans to dominate others drives their everyday actions to strive for success. However, the predacious nature of humans is also a dangerous force to society as manifested through John Steinbeck’s classic novella, Of Mice and Men. This story revolves around George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced
In January 1843 my fellow cop William Washington and I were just relaxing after and long and hard day on the job. All the sudden we get a suspicious call from a nearby home in Massachusetts. William and I grabbed our gear and went to investigate. When we arrived at the house, a lady answered the door and said that she heard a screech from her neighbor’s house. When we walked over to the neighbor’s house a young man answered the door and greeted us. When we told the young man that somebody reported a yell he said that it was his own from a nightmare he had. We ask him if we could search the his home and he hesitantly said yes. We searched all the floors of his home and William and I found nothing suspicious. We asked for the young man's name
Do you think that it is worth being in a friendship with a person that has a mental illness? Throughout the book, Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, the two main characters, George and Lennie do exactly this. Lennie is the big strong brute that has mental challenges. And George is the smart, yet timid friend of Lennie. Throughout the book, George and Lennie are dealing with both the advantages and disadvantages of this relationship. Whether it be getting run out of a town called Weed, accidently killing a dog, or having to be watched over all the time, George and Lennie remain friends throughout the entirety of the book. As shown by the fact that George and Lennie share a parental and sibling-like relationship, the advantages of being in a parent-like relationship with someone who is not sane outweigh the disadvantages.
There is only one way an author can get their readers to cry, laugh, and love or just enjoy their master pieces. That one way is through the uses of literary devices such as similes, metaphors and personification. These are the small things that brings the author`s thoughts and ideas alive. The author`s ability to use literary devices through the book helps in direct characterization and lets readers get a better understanding of Lennie and George, the two main characters Of Mice and Men. It also helps in keeping readers thinking on their feet and constantly questioning George and Lennie`s next move while in Salinas, California. John Steinbeck, in his novel Of Mice and Men, makes use of similes and foreshadowing to keep readers in touch