In the first chapter of, Of Mice and Men, the audience is introduced into the two protagonists, George and Lennie. They plan to reach the “american dream” after a couple of weeks working to get enough money to buy land. Lennie, being mentally unstable, is put into
Dreams give individuals a purpose so that progress is attainable. During the Great Depression, the American Dream inspired hope for a better life. Dreams are unattainable, however, they inspire work ethic and faith.
Contrasting Crooks’ somber attitude with Lennie's undying innocence makes it clear where Steinbeck stands on the matter. For example, Crooks is temporarily seduced by the idea of Lennie and George’s farm, but is almost immediately brought down by reality, and Curley’s wife. She brings him back to the reality of a black man at the time, saying: "Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny" (39). After this event occurs, Crooks disregards his rare idealism, saying that he “wouldn’ want to go no place like that” (41). These quotes represent how no matter how good a idealistic dream looks, reality will set
“listen, nigger,” she said. “you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?” (pg.80). This shows how the word “nigger” is used to control a black person. In the book of Mice and Men the word “nigger” is used quite often but towards crooks, since he is the only black person in the book. He goes through a lot, he gets treated poorly and he also has a hurt back and he still has to work. His life is different from white people. Power is used to control crooks bad about himself. He often feels isolated, depressed, and controlled at times. there are two characters that interact with Crooks. Curley’s wife and Lennie. Lennie is a very strong man and he has a mental disability, and Curley’s wife is the only women on the ranch
Loneliness is a strong word, however it means a lot to be lonely. The definition of lonely or loneliness is sadness because one has no friends or company. In the novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck shows that Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s Wife have loneliness because they never have company or friends to talk to. These Character’s show that loneliness is a problem that must be overcome in order to live a happy, fulfilled life.
“Sometimes it is better to be alone. Nobody can hurt you.”- hercules. There are many examples of how loneliness is portrayed through different characters and events in the book of mice and men. Three characters that show loneliness is crooks, Curley 's wife, and candy.
Crooks is a black man who has been given the nickname because of his crooked back. He is another character in the novel that is discriminated against. Similarly, as Lennie and Candy are discriminated because of their weakness, Crooks is discriminated because of his race. For example, he says how he “ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse… can’t play [cards] because I’m black” (68). His race causes him to be separated from everyone else and be isolated in his own room. Another example of Crooks getting discriminated because he is black is when he and Curley’s wife are arguing. She completely shuts him down by saying how she could get anyone to lynch him at any time. Crooks can say nothing but “Yes, ma’am”. Even Curley’s wife, who is considered weak, can pick on even weaker people, like Crooks.
George and Lennie, prominent characters in the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, are migrant workers—men who move from place to place to do seasonal work— who end up in California and are faced with numerous problems. Set in the era of the great depression, the story of Lennie and George, two very different men who have formed a family-like union, takes place on a farm where Lennie struggles to stay out of trouble. Having committed an unintentional, harmful act, Lennie is faces severe consequences; and George must decide to make a necessary decision which changes the mood of the entire novel. By the comparison and contrast of George and Lennie, unique characters who are very different from each other, the reader can better acquaint himself
I think that many people are lonely because they feel like nobody is there for them, because some people do not have a great deal of people around them to help them or to just be there for them. Another thing is that, some people really want someone to be there for them but they feel they can’t tell others what is going on or how they feel because people might judge them or have rude comments about it, so they feel like they have deal with it all by themselves. Some people might say, why do they not tell someone or try and make new friends, but what that person does not know is that, that person might not be able to just meet new people and make friends because they generally do not have people there for them so they can not do this as easily
The author Dean Koontz once said, “...the most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another.” Although there are many hopeful aspects in people, the inhumanity of people is inevitable. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie Small and George Milton discover the hardships and the hope in life as migrant workers during the Depression era. Though their hope for a better life dwindles throughout their journey, Lennie and George’s dream of owning their own farm help to distract them from their harsh reality of despondency. Steinbeck reveals the bitter nature of mankind due to weakness and vulnerability through his use of symbolism, characterization, and imagery.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author uses the motif of barriers to show that causes that lead into the failure of these character hopes and dreams. The ability to own your own land is the main dream held by four of the characters in the book. The idea of owning your own land is a simile for a life of happiness. There are two other unattainable dreams which are held by Curley's wife, and Crooks. Curley's wife once had an offer to become an actress in Hollywood, however the person never bequeathed the job to her. She later would go on to marrying a man named Curly who she currently regrets marring. Crooks, who is an African American man who is also crippled, just want to be able to have control over his life. However Crooks has unchangeable barriers in his path for control. All five of these characters have a hope for a new life which evidently turns to nothing due to obstacles. This book takes place on a farm in California.
The realistic fiction novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck tells the story of George and Lennie, to migrant workers trying to find work during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, and how they try to achieve their dream of a small farm. Along the way they meet intriguing characters and run into some difficulties. In the book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows different rates of power throughout the farm, and displays these ranks through the characters George, Curley, and Crooks.
The journey of George and Lennie is supported by their dreams of the perfect farm. The crooks say, “Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head," (74). This quote illustrates the reality of Lennie and George incapable dream. In the article, A Teachable Good Book: Of Mice and Men explains, “For in the end, the one thing George can do for Lennie is to make sure he’s happy as he dies,”(4). The quote explains the bond of the two and how George must give Lennie the happiness he deserves.
In the novella Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays Candy as fearful through his responses, subsequently having Candy worry about his future and the outcome of every event. By characterizing Candy in this way, Steinbeck can provide the looming failure and disappointment in the book. One way Steinbeck makes use of Candy’s fearful nature is to project his desperation to escape fate. When he hear’s George and Lennie discuss the farm, Candy adds, “They’ll can me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunk houses they’ll put me on the county” (60). This shows Candy’s true fear to be his future on the land. He is growing old, has lost a hand, and never got to live a life he controlled. The hope this plan provides fuels Candy to serve use to someone like he never has, and shade
In the novella Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck helps readers to understand that land ownership plays a major role in power, in that the more land a person owns, the more power they will believe they have, therefore changing their identity, making them feel more superior than others, mainly shown in the scene where Curley’s wife comes into Crooks' room and the men start standing up to the like no one has before. Steinbeck shows us this through many characters, including Candy, Lennie, Curley, Curley’s wife, the Boss, and Crooks. Candy automatically feels like he has more power over Curley’s wife just because he thinks he will soon have more land than her. Crooks also stands up to Curley’s wife when she is in his room because it is his land so he thinks he has power over her but the soon realizes he does not. Lennie and George's dream is owning their own land that they would have the power