Another symbol that Steinbeck uses is the dream farm combined with George and Lennie’s friendship. Their dream farm is what ties the two together throughout the whole story. It is what keeps them working together, through thick and thin. The two think of their dream farm as their
In the novel, ‘Of mice and Men’, John Steinbeck uses allegory to represent different themes and messages. An allegory is a story, poem or a picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. While reading Steinbeck’s book I noticed different metaphors such as the usage of animals and Curley’s wife. Throughout the whole book the reader can notice many animals mentioned such as rabbits, mice, the puppy and the old dog. Curley’s wife is also a sort of symbol. She represents the way in which the women were treated and looked upon in those days. The animals and Curley’s wife all symbolize different things in life in the 1930’s USA. They all symbolize the hopes and the dreams that the characters share which motivates and drives them
Desmond Tutu, a South - African social activist and retired Anglican priest once said “ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”. Of Mice and Men is a novel which revolves around the lives of struggling farmers and how they still maintain hope despite their hardships. The symbolic representation of light embodies the hopes and the American Dream, whereas the dark epitomizes the harsh realities and truths of their lives. Steinbeck uses light and dark to foreshadow the upcoming events in the forlorn lives of the migrant workers. He also combines aspects such as the setting and characters with light and dark to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind as to how the world of the migrant workers looks like.
Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men is a perfect illustration of modernist literature from the 1930’s Modernism is a cultural movement that had a breakthrough in the 20th century, teaching us about the inner self and self consciousness. In modernist literature you can often find irony, mockery,
In Of mice and men, John Steinbeck uses symbolism, foreshadowing, and a sympathetic tone to demonstrate the world of limited sources, poverty, human intolerance, limiting social roles, wealth, and freedom.
Discuss how a novel you have read reveals the imperfections of its society. Introduction 1. Introduce the topic of your essay: novels and themes 2. Thesis statement: has the novel used conventions to communicate the themes or not? 3. Introduce the main ideas of the novel the essay is exploring. 4. List the techniques and conventions the essay will discuss. 5. Summarise your personal response to the overall topic presented in the novel. You can judge a society by its treatment of the old, the weak, the helpless and the needy. Through the narrative conventions of foreshadowing and characterisation, John Steinbeck, in his novel Of Mice And Men, published in 1937, is able to effectively reveal the imperfections of America’s capitalist
In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses a line from Robert Burns poem “To a Mouse” to portray the theme that the main characters failure is inevitable; the forces acting upon this are Lennie’s display of his growing disability, and nobody believes they can do it, plus
In relation to the poem, Steinbeck’s character Lennie represents both mouse and man. He is the man in terms of his physical strength and characteristics but the mouse in terms of his mental capabilities, simple desires and simple understanding of the world.
“And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head.” In the book, “ Of Mice and Men ,” by John Steinbeck (13), the author uses so many symbols in his characters and in the background
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck uses diction, characterization, and visual imagery to reveal the following authorial attitude: the novel’s title, Of Mice and Men, reflects the characters’ choices regarding their personal status as mice or men. Lennie, Candy, and Curley respectively reflect the authorial attitude.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck takes place on a ranch and in the fields in Salinas, California in the 1930‘s. It tells the story of two men working in those fields. Steinbeck described what happened to them to help the reader understand the moral of it
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a short novella whose fast pace means that, by necessity, it brims cover-to-cover with all the makings of a powerful story. It evokes suspense, drama, empathy, and perhaps a touch of confusion and bewilderment in all its readers. The most engaging way Steinbeck engages these emotions is through foreshadowing. He skillfully utilized various literary elements to create this foreshadowing, which serves to increase and highlight the drama and irony of the story.
“Of Mice and Men” is a novella written by John Steinbeck, and it was first published in 1937. The protagonists are George and Lennie. They are ranch hands trying to save a sufficient amount of money to purchase their dream farm. George is short tempered, but he is devoted and
Out of all the literary qualities, symbolism is used the most. The symbolism is convincingly part of the talk, places, and incidents of the time (McCarthy 3386). “In this case, Steinbeck uses symbolism for ironic effect. The pony in The Red Pony, for example, functions as a symbol of Jody’s boyhood and innocence as well as a symbol of his future. When the pony dies, the reader experiences a sense of loss, because the pony’s death represents Jody’s loss of innocence” (Millichap 1108). The symbolism bleeds through the cloth of each character. The poor are represented with smelly and old clothes, while rich/ranch owners are represented with gloves on their hands and an expensive hat. Along with the clothes, animals also tend to represent someone or something. In the Of Mice and Men, for example, Lennie is represented as a bear and a puppy because he is as strong as a bear, but his actions are frequently portrayed like those of a puppy. The name of the novel, Of Mice and Men, is symbolic too. The men represent George, while the mice represent Lennie. Steinbeck believed that symbolism helped him explain the complex relationship between human and nature; therefore, he is widely considered the master of symbolisms to this day (Millichap 1107). Aside from the use of symbolism, Steinbeck used many imageries in the novel. He used imagery to connect the readers to the characters. The imagery takes the
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men is an extraordinary novel with unique characteristics. The novel is about an uncommon friendship between two extremely different individuals who are living and working together. This story belong to the genres tragic realistic fiction, historical fiction and drama. The linking between the novel and The Great Depression emphasizes throughout the story, which makes the novel very realistic and down to earth. The author touches on several themes such as: the unreachable American dream, the economic injustices, loneliness, friendship and people’s propensity for cruelty. In this book review, we will get into a deeper understanding of what the actual story means.