Explore the Different Ways Power Is Presented in Steinbeck’s ‘of Mice and Men’

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Power is presented through characters by using a long description of what the character is like, describing their appearance, positive points and negative points. The power of the character is presented by demonstrating their dominance or submissiveness over another character through their actions, speech and the way they behave around them, and if they change their behaviour around other people, for example Curley acts as if he’s the best in the world at everything around Lennie because he tries to beat him up but he doesn’t act that way towards Slim, who is more dominant and powerful than him in terms of dominance, but not in terms of ranch hierarchy. Power is presented through friendship by the way Lennie and George are unable to…show more content…
However, Lennie has some power over George in terms of manipulation because when George complains about him and says “When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace.”, he says “If you don’t want me I can go off in the hills and find a cave. I can go away any time.”, George almost begs him to stay because he knows he can’t live without him because he’s been with him for so long that he needs him. The power of this friendship is extremely significant because a normal migrant worker has no friends or family so is extremely lonely and earns some money then spends it in a bar but with George and Lennie, they have each other so don’t just spend their money in a bar and they don’t get lonely. George and Lennie’s dream is to have a patch of land with some pastoral and agricultural farming with nobody to boss them about and this relates to the American Dream because every migrant worker wants this but never gets it because “They come to a ranch and work up a stake and then they go into town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they’re pounding their tail on some other ranch.”. It gives them hope for their future because without the dream, Lennie and George have nothing to look forward to so they can go on living without a worry because even if something does happen, they know at some point they will eventually be able to get away from it. The other characters that are affected by the dream are Candy because

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