Character-Driven Tension in Of Mice and Men Within a story it is crucial that an author forms a net that engages and interests the reader to continue reading. That net is tension, and whether or not the tension is engaging will make or break any story, be it a story about two friends in hard times or about a fantastical world. Some authors use the environment to create tension, however character-driven tension is the most common method of doing so. In the story Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck utilizes and writes his characters’ interactions to convey tension within the 1930s time period ranch. Admittedly, the character of Slim is meant to be the antithesis to the tension of the novel.
He pulled the trigger.” Steinbeck does not covey characters emotions in the novella; the line of description here gives us insight to George’s battle of conscience. George killing Lennie by most accounts is murder, it would suggests to readers George hates Lennie and wants him dead. In Georges case it is the opposite “ I aint mad. I never bee mad, an I aint now.” he is lenis sworn protector “you look after me…” he has repeatedly chosen throughout the novella to care for Lennie and protect him. George killing Lennie can be interpreted as George demonstrating his allegiance to Lennie.
A symbol is anything that represents a larger idea, especially a material object representing something compact. A symbol can also represent a theme or moral to the story. It gives the reader something deeper to think about, and find other possible connections to different characters or objects overall. The novella Of Mice and Men captures many deep connections and displays various themes for the reader to obtain. Steinbeck uses numerous symbols that grow into greater themes throughout the novella such as Curley’s wife, the bunkhouse, and Candy’s dog.
This theme occurs periodically in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, also. However in the latter, you could also say the theme is the power love holds over us. In the two books there are numerous striking similarities, such as the setting and the ending that reach beyond the theme. Among the similarities is the obvious correspondence
Ince Candy’s dog was Candy’s best friend, George knew how much pain Candy went through when he had to witness his own dog getting killed by somebody other than himself. George knew that he had to kill Lennie himself. The facts that Curley would have killed Lennie if George didn’t, Lennie’s disability was only a burden, and George had to look out for himself all prove that George was not wrong in euthanizing Lennie. These three reasons justify the actions that George had to take. George was not wrong in killing Lennie in the way that George had only good motives and was only looking out for
Candy is an interesting person when u discus the topic of dreams, I say this because in the beginning of the book to almost the end I don’t think candy has a dream. He is old and he is missing a hand so I think that he thinks that as soon as he can’t sweep the bins clean anymore the ranch will fire him and he won’t have any place to go and in the middle of the book it kind of sounds like he has accepted that future. But towards the end of the novel he hears about George and Lennies dream and he ends up getting in a quote for this is: “George let me come to that ranch with you I have 450 dollars that you can have right now and besides when I die I don’t got no family to give it to so I will just give my share of the place to you”, so then getting to that ranch with George and Lennie is his New
Intelligence, according to Webster’s Dictionary is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Throughout the story, Of Mice and Men, Lennie is faced with many decisions which shows his two types of intelligence levels. In Of Mice and Men, we are presented with different scenes which showing the reader, logical intelligence and emotional intelligence. Lennie is a character with both logical and emotional intelligence because he knows both types of emotions well and he possesses more emotional than logical intelligence. Firstly, Lennie is able to use his logical intelligence for a given situation.
Another reason is, George sacrifices his future for Lennie: “ ‘ An’ that night we scrammed outta there.’ ” (Steinbeck 42) .If George stayed back in Weed, he would still have his life. However, since he had to run away with Lennie he gave up his future life that he could of had. It takes love to sacrifice your life and future for
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” - Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird. A character like atticus is why To Kill a Mockingbird can explain the ugly things in the world like racism through his words to Jem and Scout which lets us understand what Atticus is saying but also the deeper meaning behind it. Similar effects of this is also seen through symbolism in the books with mockingbirds but most important would be the dog. As in chapter ten of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee uses symbolism and character to come to a theme that racism is a disease that drives one mad until death is a better option than living. In To Kill A Mockingbird
George is always talking to Lennie or whoever else will listen really, about him and Lennie's life plan, which even more supports the theme that Steinbeck establishes as the yearning for the american dream. Steinbeck uses imagery and characterization to make the theme of the book Of Mice and Men evident. The theme of course is the wishing for the american dream. The theme is shown through imagery which is the way Steinbeck describes things such as the setting. The other way that the theme is shown is by the way the characters are portrayed, which is characterization.