John Steinbeck, an American novelist, is well-known for his familiar themes of depression and loneliness. He uses these themes throughout a majority of his novels. These themes come from his childhood and growing up during the stock market crash. A reader can see his depiction of his childhood era. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows the prominent themes of loneliness, the need for relationships, and the loss of dreams in the 1930s through the novels’ character.
”Wha’s the matter with me?’ she cried. ‘Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am, anyways?” (Steinbeck 87) In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Curley’s wife is discriminated against because she is a woman living in the 1930s when few females could live economically independent of men. By choosing not to name her, Steinbeck reinforces her insignificance on the ranch and her dependence on Curley. While a misfortunate victim of isolation, Curley’s wife exerts unexpected power attempting to mask her pain.
Social Conditions in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck "Of Mice and Men" is set in California, America in the 1930's. As a result of the First World War and the Wall Street Crash of the late 1920's, America had been propelled into a state of Economic Depression. John Steinbeck successfully shows the impact the change in economy had on people's lives, through the various characters in the novel "Of Mice and Men" and especially the lives of George and Lennie. The Great Depression altered the existence of the majority of the working population of America. Many men would travel long distances to obtain work, and John Steinbeck illustrates this through the characters of George and Lennie. George and However, George does have Lennie, a companion and through all the burdens that George gains from Lennie, he appreciates his company. George and Lennie share a dream that infects others with its idealistic setting and self-sufficiency. Their dream of a small farm and living off the "fatta the lan'" calms Lennie in times when he is unsure. Lennie also needs constant reassurance that he will be able to tend the rabbits "when" they save enough money to buy their farm. Candy is old and vulnerable and George and Lennie's dream inspires him to keep dreaming and he asks to join their quest to own something more secure. George hesitates before allowing Candy to join them as their dream has been a sacred secret to George and Lennie, but he liked Candy sufficiently to want him to join the dream as well. The impact of life in 1930's America required a dream to install the idea of hope in people's lives. Life without a dream for Candy would lead him to a life of worry and lack of security, as he is old and a
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.
After the Great Depression, many things changed, different\\ genders and races were all treated differently. Blacks and white women were forced to be outcast in the world, women belonged in the house and blacks did not belong anywhere. In the book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays perfectly of how blacks and women were separated from everyone else with Curley’s wife and Crooks, the black stable hand. Curley’s wife and Crooks are alike in many ways; in their loneliness, the way they are separated from everyone else and how they get out casted from everything, discriminated against during the time period; which helps show how blacks and women were treated during this time period of life.
The Great Depression affected many Americans throughout the 1930s. Many people had no source of income and had no other choice but to travel and find new jobs. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small wander through California in search of a new job that would help them make enough money to live their American dream on “the fatta the lan’”(Steinbeck 14). George and Lennie’s hard work and determination is not enough for them to live their dream. Lennie has a mental disability that slows the two friends down from living their dream; they have to run from job to job because of Lennie’s unintentional actions.
A Path to Patience Quest stories are generally seen as physical tests of muscle and endurance. In an archetypal quest, the main character goes on a long and painful voyage, and conquers all fears in order to achieve the goal at the end. Literature describes quests in a slightly different way. Thomas Foster’s “How To Read Literature Like a Professor” describes how a quest has five general parts: a place to go, a person to go there, a reason to go there, challenges along the way, and a deeper meaning to the whole thing. John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” relates to Foster’s words. In the novella, George, the main character, is questing towards owning a farm with his mentally disabled friend, Lennie. The two men are a package deal. Lennie
“Listen to me, you crazy bastard,” “Don 't you even take a look at the bitch. In this quote, it shines light on how people treat each other during the book and how they act when they are near each other. Instead of saying nice words, they bring people down
What makes a piece of literature a classic is its ability to stand the test of time. This is true for John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which tells the story of two men, practically brothers, and one has to meet a tragic end at the hand of the other. Criminal Minds is a hit television series that often broadcasts a specific message, just like it did in the episode To Hell...and Back. The similarities between John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and the Criminal Minds episode To Hell...and Back are shown through the elements of character, theme, symbolism, and tone.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Relationships are essential in everybody's life. Having no real friends makes life dull, dark and lonely. Loneliness is a big theme in Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie are set apart from Slim, Crooks and Candy. They have something unique a special bond with each other. Each character influences, plays a role to the other characters. Steinbeck's portrayal of the men's relationship seems minimal, but is in fact monumental. The setting of Mice and Men takes place on a ranch where George and Lennie meet Slim, Candy, Crooks, Carlson, Curly and Curly's wife. Although the story takes place over a three-day span, all the characters make a relationship with one another. One relationship is Slim is the wise rational person. He is quick thinker during trivial and difficult situations. Slim and George build a friendship of trust, George tells Slim the truth about Weed. Slim believes that Lennie meant no harm. He is the only person who understands their friendship. Slim is also the only male character that understands and consoles George suffering. This is furthermore proof of the bond they share. George and Lennie are a classic example of a distinctive bond. Their relationship is based a parental one and friendship. George must take Lennie by the hand during most of the story. As Slim said "Why, he's like a little kid." Lennie's needs are simple, he like to pet soft things and enjoys ketchup on beans. He guides the simplistic Lennie through almost every situation, supplying the common sense that Lennie lacks. He quickly tires of Lennie's constant questions, having likely answered them many times before, and he chastises Lennie when he does something wrong like talking to the boss. In George, there is regret. He knows that he has given up the life of a free man. He knows that he
Loneliness is the feeling of isolation and no hope or dreams in your life which is what Steinbeck achieves by portraying this theme effectively using key characters and settings in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck writes about the Great Depression and how two friends, Lennie and George, stay together through this tough time. They go from town to town and work on ranches, always staying together. This new haven in California they stumble upon seems like a good fit, however Lennie creates problems and terminates their chances of survival there.
"Of Mice and Men" is a play written by John Steinbeck that focuses on life during the mid 1930's. This play has many recurring themes, and one of these themes is that of loneliness. This loneliness is because of the intolerance of society on those who are different. The underlying, yet stunningly obvious, theme of loneliness can be found in many characters with many examples. This loneliness due to isolation and intolerance is found in the characters of Candy, because he is old and useless; Crooks, because he is black and crippled; and Curley's wife, because she is a beautiful woman and the only girl on and all guy ranch.
In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, many themes come up often throughout the story, especially the theme about bonds between two people. The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck expresses theme of Friendship through various literary elements. Friendship is people that care for and
During the Great Depression many people thought they could achieve their dreams even in the time of trouble. The characters in Of Mice and Men thought the same thing. However, during the Great Depression, not everyone fulfilled their dream. Just like everyone in the novella did not reach their dream. All of the characters either had themselves or someone else holding them back, preventing them from reaching what they wanted the most. Their dreams were one thing driving them towards the very end. Though, dreams are like a taunting child always in first place during a race, barely anyone catches up to
Analysis of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Of Mice And Men' by John Steinbeck is a classic novel, tragedy, written in a social tone. The authorial attitude is idyllic, however, as the story develops it changes into skeptic. It is evident that Steinbeck knew the setting and places he is writing about.