Produce is showcased in the novella through characters Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Lennie small is one of the major examples of prejudice demonstrated in Of Mice and Men through ableism and criticism. The quotation that supports it taken from the novella is, ‘“That each we’re goin’ to is right down there about a quarter mile. We’re gonna go in an’ see the boss. Now, look — I’ll give him the work tickets, but you ain’t gonna say a word.
After the passing of his dog, Candy encounters a profound feeling of misfortune and feels empty. At the point when Candy hears George and Lennie talking about the dream of owning their own land, Candy gets inspired with the dream that George and Lennie share. George and Lennie allow Candy to share their dream, and Candy encounters hope. Imperatively, Candy builds up a friendship with George and Lennie. Candy confides about his inner feelings regarding his dog to George and begins a companionship.
First of all, “All conflict we experience in the world, is a conflict within our own selves” (Brenda Shoshanna, Google). Throughout Of Mice and Men, the characters faced various conflicts, including; self, conflicts with others, and lastly conflicts with believing the heart, or brain. John Steinbeck explained, in the book, that one of the characters has a problem with his self. As an illustration, “ Sure he’s jes’ like a kid. There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid neither, except he’s so strong…” (Steinbeck 43).
But he can do anything you tell him” (22). This quote explains that George was lying about how Lennie got his disability, just so he can make the boss think that he was not born unintelligent. It reveals that George really wants the job, so he tries to make him and Lennie great candidates for the position. On the other hand, Candy’s dog has been living with Candy for a very long time, but can’t live much longer due to his poor health. When George and Lennie see Candy’s dog for the first time, the author describes him as, “And at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheepdog, gray of muzzle, and with pale, blind old eyes” (24).
When George says that they will get the jack together, he means that they will get their life together, finally be respected and have a good life. George and Lennie want to finally have a good time by making this motif a reality. Steinbeck shows that Lennie is facing his own problems through imagery. He makes efforts to correct his behavior because of his shared dream with George. He continues with killing small animals every time he pets them because of his size.
Throughout the novella we see some of the different ways that Steinbeck leads up to George's final decision to shoot Lennie. At the start Lennie is portrayed as a childlike, animalistic, simpleminded character. "Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again." This description of Lennie shows that Lennie's manner is that of a loyal dog, George here is shown almost as Lennie's master, as it gives the imagery of George watching Lennie bring the dead mouse to him as a dogs master watches their canines every move. Also by linking Lennie to an animal Steinbeck is making us question if Lennie can be held accountable for his actions.
The philosophy known as existentialism is known to embrace a lot of hopeless and prohibited elements into its belief structure, and many of the favorite existential writers - John Steinbeck, for example - often incorporate may of those recusant images into their stories. In his tremendously successful, award-winning novel, Of Mice & Men, worrisome themes like the meaninglessness of life, the loneliness of being a “thinking” individual, and the received futility of existence are all artfully employed by Steinbeck in order to illustrate the brittleness of the human condition. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck introduces an absolute parade of desperate, defective, and defeated characters to promote several of the dominant catastrophic concepts connected to existentialism. Similarly, the movie of the same name - released in 1992, and starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich - employs all of those same characters, and many of the same dark themes, to encourage the philosophy of existentialism, yet three stand out most prominently: the absurdity of life, the dizziness of freedom known as
Their dream crushed and gone forever for Lennie was a part of it. Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” teaches us many valuable themes and lessons. Themes such as optimism, friendship, the American dream, racial discrimination, and innocence. George teaches us about friendship and optimism, Lennie represents innocence, Crooks shows us racial discrimination, and all together they make the American dream. In the end of the book everything didn’t turn out as planned and the outcome
John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men highlights the adventures of two best friends that stimulate modern issues such as white males dominating the world. There are many themes in the book, but one that is the most eye catching is the theme of people with differences being ostracized by society. This theme of society ostracizing different people is shown through Lennie’s disability, and Crooks’ color of skin. Lennie is a large migrant worker who is childish due to his mental disability. His best friend George, who acts like his second hand, helps him through everything in life.