Comparison Of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The essence of humans’ true desires are three simple, alluring words: power, riches and fame. Three words, which put together sound dark, yet enticing. Take that away, and humanity is left with nothing but the company of one another. No heterodoxy exists, and everyone is left contented. This, however, is impossible in reality. Through the characterization of George, Crooks, and Curly’s wife, in his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck reflects on the impending doom humans face due to their insufficient hopes blinding them from what truly matters. Curley’s wife plays a crucial part in asserting the theme, as she is a paradigm for someone whose loneliness and dreams drive them in a search for happiness somewhere they will not find it. Her …show more content…

Steinbeck purports this by dedicating several paragraphs to the description of Crooks and his lifestyle, and taking great measure in illustrating his possessions, “Crooks possessed several pairs of shoes, a pair of rubber boots, a big alarm clock and a single-barreled shotgun. And he had books, too…”(67). The rationale for the aforementioned details is so that the counteraction between Crooks’ life and the life of the his coworkers can be known. He possesses way more than any other worker on the ranch. Based on the ideas of everyone in the book, Crooks is supposed to be jubilant, when in fact, he may be more afflicted than anyone else. In an interaction with Lennie, Crooks explains, “Maybe you can see now. You got George. You know he's goin' to come back. S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose You couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here and read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody—to be near him.’ He whined, ‘A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.' " (72). Crooks does not acknowledge his own assets and rather gives example of his exclusion on the ranch, and targets the emotions of readers by uncovering his inner turmoil of not having anyone to hinge onto. His words confirm the proposition of company being the only source to true

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