Examples Of Archetypes In Of Mice And Men

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Death, sacrifice, love, nearly every story has them, but what else do they have in common? Nearly everything! Every story created is composed of the same ingredients, yet somehow, the stories still captivate their audiences. One would think the use of such elements repeatedly would eventually become monotonous, but in fact, it actually entices people to read. One reason for this is the story is in the nature of a cake. The bakers have discovered what ingredients to make the cake delicious, but each adds their own tweaks and adjustments to make each one unique. The same thing happened to stories. The great authors have discovered what their audiences appreciate, and as more follow in their footsteps, they have used the same basic line with a …show more content…

An example of an archetype is the regular man or the every man. John Steinbeck’s short story Of Mice and Men features George, is a prime example of the regular man archetype which is often featured in other stories. In fact, this archetype is found in all types of media such as television, musicals, paintings, and classic literature. Firstly, Homer Simpson, the main character on the television show The Simpsons, in addition to George, Homer Simpson is also an obvious use of the regular man archetype. Homer Simpson embodies the average man of ‘Murica. He’s fat, white, balding, and straight. The purpose of both George and Homer is to create a character that others can relate to, or at the very least create an understanding of the humdrum character by relating them to someone the readers may know in their …show more content…

In the light of the second World War, Tevye is a poor man in the time of a crisis, but not only is he incredibly poor with six daughters, Tevye is also Jewish. In regards to this, somehow Tevye is still an honest average man. In fact, Tevye is the epitome of an average man, he believes in tradition and he fights to keep it like most others during this trying time. Yet, despite his reluctance to change, he remains amenable in doing whatever he can to make his daughters happy, even if it means breaking tradition. To put it differently, he is the average father, he’s impoverished and struggling to make ends meet, yet he still works an honest job, protects his daughters and allows them to marry poorer men when they refuse to marry a rich man. Which brings to attention Tevye’s dream of being rich, and like Crooks says in Of Mice and Men the dream is nothing, the masses of the world carry the same desire with them day to day to keep them afloat, this desire is as significant as theirs which is little to none. With his dreams and his economic situation in mind, and the period of time, one can imagine the masses of the world are more than sympathetic to his plight. This brings to attention the purpose of the regular man, to establish a connection with the audience and relate their aspirations. Like the reader, the everyman has a dream of becoming more than what they

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