Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck 's novella, “Of Mice and Men”, set in California in the early to mid-1930s during the Great Depression is a microcosm. The novella tells the story of two itinerant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who are in search of a new job and looking for new opportunities as they move from ranch to ranch. It focuses on the barbaric relationships the men on the ranch including George and Lennie start to develop with each other as the novella progresses. The novella shows the importance of violence by focusing on how it is a part of human nature and especially making the needless and gratuitous violence in the world of men evident to the reader, thus implying the brutal and violent society that the ranch workers during the Great Depression inhabit.
The first way in which Steinbeck makes violence so important in “Of Mice and Men” is through the character of Curley, the main culprit of violence. Steinbeck’s perspective on violence is that Curley turns on violence because violence is a nature human instinct and the fact that humans have the ability to control their violence but animals cannot. Steinbeck wishes to highlight to the reader how Curley uses violence as a way to assert his masculinity and inflict his power upon others which leads to no good at all. From his initial entrance, Curley is delineated as having “bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists.” It is evident that his stance is rampageous and pugnacious. Steinbeck uses body language when…

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