The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by the author John Steinbeck. It tells a story of George Milton and Lennie Small; two displaced ranch workers, who are constantly searching for a new job during The Great Depression in California. John Steinbeck displays loneliness from the standpoint of average men living and working on a farm searching for friendship to escape their loneliness. In Of Mice and Men, other than the friendship, the story portrays people who are isolated and lonely like George, who has the responsibility of taking care of Lennie and keeping him out of trouble, Lennie, who is mentally disabled, and lastly, Curley’s wife, who desperately seeks for the
Despair Among People During the Great Depression People who face great odds will hang on to hope, however, many will lose it to the cruel reality they live in. This is the story told in the novel, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. In this novel, Lennie and George are traveling bindle stiffs who experience the losses that come with the Great Depression, and the hope of others that is dashed by the death of one person. This theme of hope and loss is shown through Curley's wife, Candy, and George.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author uses the motif of barriers to demonstrate what may cause the failure of the hopes and dreams of the characters. The ability to own land is the main dream held by three of the characters in this book. There are two other unattainable dreams that are held by Curley's wife and Crooks. Curley's wife once had an offer to become an actress in Hollywood; however, the director never bequeathed the job to her. Her other major barrier is her gender, which constricts her social life.
Just His Wife In the past, women were expected to be maids, housewives, beauticians, and school teachers. With the increased popularity of feminism, women are becoming recognized as equivalent to men. In the novella Of Mice and Men, there was only one woman on the farm. The woman, Curley’s wife, was always disrespected, all of the men on the ranch always thought that she wanted to cheat on her husband.
Surly Curley Surly is defined as being “bad-tempered and unfriendly.” This is the perfect definition for the curly-haired antagonist of Of Mice and Men. Most will say there is no justification behind Curley's hostility. He was rude to Lennie upon meeting him, was controlling over his wife, he attacked Lennie, didn't mourn his wife's death, and arranged for Lennie's murder. While you can sum up that Curley is a total jerk and deserves punishment, you can also analyze the text further.
Broken dreams can be one of the many causes of loneliness and depression. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck. It tells of the adventures of George and Lennie, who are traveling companions that are looking for work. On one ranch, they meet a woman who is only known as Curley’s wife, who seems to cause all the problems. Curley’s wife is described as an attractive woman seeking attention.
In today’s world, oppression of women, African Americans, and disabled people is still a problem, but since the era of the Great Depression society’s views of these people have greatly improved. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck it is shown how oppression among these types of people was commonplace. This novel begins with two men named Lennie and George; these men travel together and George takes care of Lennie who is mentally disabled. George and Lennie have to flee out of the town, Weed, after an incident happened. They travel to a different town and begin working on a ranch, and shortly later another fatal occurrence happens.
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.
Prillaman, Laine In the story, ‘Of Mice and Men’ Steinbeck uses archetypes To make the story have meaning. Steinbeck plays with the archetypes to show how people do change. To make them more like people and less like characters in a fairytale. Characters like Lennie, Curley’s wife, and George are perfect examples of how people change in either good or bad ways.
Curleys wife struggles with feelings of neglect and seclusion. Not only is she the only girl on the ranch but she is seen as a cheap possession, curleys very own 'toy ' that he gets to control. The other men view her as a tramp since she 's always flirting by "giving the eye" to multiple guys. As well She spends much of her time "looking" for Curley although she is really looking for someone to talk to and to listen to her ; since her very own husband neglects her. The truth is though that she is just incredibly lonely.