Near the end of Cannery Row, John Steinbeck includes a story about a gopher. Even though it seems random, this story is actually a parable about Doc and his realization that he will always feel alone despite being surrounded by the denizens of Cannery Row. The similarities between the gopher and Doc are apparent after viewing the quotes from the poem Black Marigolds in the surrounding chapters, quotes from other characters, and the descriptions of the rats and rattlesnakes at the end of the book. Both the gopher and Doc are dissatisfied despite having perfect lives. The gopher had it all.
George likes to refer to himself and george as people like us. People like george and Lennie are the people who live off of close to nothing and travel a lot to get new different jobs. George takes care of lennie, lennie can not think for himself but if someone tells him to do something he will do it the best that he can. Lennie doesn't know his own strength, in the book he is holding a mouse and crushes it in his hand by accident. He didn't mean to crush the mouse he was trying to pet it but doesn't know his own strength.
Along with his loving wife, Mrs.White and their son Herbert, the family bonded well and at first did not seem to be distant from each other. The story was full of life lessons that are useful in today’s world, even though it was published in the 19th century. Jacobs uses foreshadowing throughout “The Monkey’s Paw” to prove that ignorance can cause people to make poor decisions; his use of suspenseful tone and dark mood show that those decisions will lead to bad consequences controlled by fate. The constant state of ignorance with the White’s family created poor decisions in which the use of foreshadowing subtly hinted. In the beginning of the story, Sergeant-Major Morris, firmly told the White’s family about the danger of the monkey’s paw.
In the novel, of mice and men, George was faced with the daunting task of killing his best friend to prevent him from misery. The novel, Of Mice and Men, is a beautiful piece of literature that encapsulates the importance of good friends, and the novel also shows the importance of decisions. The two main characters in the novel are George and Lennie, George is a fairly intelligent and nurturing person that cares for Lennie more than anyone else does. George gives up an easy life to care for Lennie because of how much he loves Lennie despite the trouble Lennie causes him. Lennie is an extremely sympathetic and cordial person who has a peculiar fetish with petting soft things, this fetish causes trouble for Lennie and George.
As they adapt to their new ranch, they experience many obstacles and meet new people. As Lennie is a mentally slower but physically strong and George is intelligent but physically weaker, they benefit off of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men reveals the harmful psychological effects that alienation, whether it is self alienation or forced alienation, may generate through the characterization of Curleyś wife, Crooks, and Candy. Like many of the other characters, Crooks is forced into isolation. Crooks experiences force alienation from his fellow workers on the ranch, causing him to become obscure and astringent.
First, Crooks is an African American that is discriminated on the ranch and convinced that he will always be treated differently. Next, Lennie is a grown man that thinks and acts like a child as well as has a habit to want to stroke soft objects. Finally, Candy is an old man with one hand that feels as if he will not be needed on the ranch for much longer which leads to his gullibility. As one can see, Crooks, Lennie, and Candy are the outsiders of society in Of Mice and
Through the use of symbols and language, Steinbeck emphasizes the importance of companionship and the harshness of the real world. In the book Of Mice and Men, the characters learn of the predatory nature of the human existence and that having someone by your side throughout this constant pressure makes it a lot easier. Steinbeck repeats symbols and creates parallels while writing in a straightforward, unpretentious way to express these themes. Within the book, Steinbeck shows us the loneliness of the men on the ranch and how much they all strive to have a brotherly relationship with one another. We see this through the symbol of George and Lennie’s farm.
In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about George and Lennie working at a ranch near Soledad, California during the Great Depression. The two characters are the complete opposites of each other, but they created a bond or love between each other. While George is a slim and smart guy, Lennie is a mentally ill person who has the mind of a 5 year old, but is physically strong. Another loving character in the novel is Candy. He is an old person who lost his right hand in a ranch accident.
“The findings stand in contrast to the study's other conclusions that the public has a growing understanding that genetic and stress-related factors can cause mental illness,” (Mental-Illness Fears). In of Mice and Men Lennie has a mental illness; therefore he usually reacts on instinct without thinking the situation through. If someone acts hostile to him or someone he cares about he automatically tries to protect others, and the only way he knows how to protect people is through physically hurting them. However, this is not his fault because he was never taught otherwise, and is only acting on human instinct not on how he feels. “She said other studies have shown that the mass media tends to characterize people with mental illnesses as violent or evil,’’ (Mental-Illness Fears).
John Steinbeck wrote ‘Of Mice and Men’ using various the language and structure techniques to present ideas about the good and bad in people with minimal narration over the entire novel rather than Steinbeck presenting his opinions about each character. Instead, the author written the novel without personal commentary or much narrative insight; he actually certainly not tell us, the reader, what the character thinks or their mind and how they feel all the time more precisely he exposes the characters through their actions and speech.
In addition, the book does not present George as having enjoyed killing Lennie, in fact, it is quite the opposite. After killing Lennie, George is stiff and numb, and Slim, a farmhand, decides to take him for a drink. Of Mice and Men should be read in schools and be available in libraries, not banned from people’s access. The sympathetic characters, compelling plot, and a strong companionship that runs throughout the book are all positive aspects of keeping this book available to read. Throughout their journeys, Lennie and George hoped that they could acquire a small farm, and this hope brought them through many difficult times together.