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.
Jonas, thé protagonist for thé Giver, is planning to escape from his community. But, there’s one problem. Thé Giver tells Jonas that he can’t go with him when he says “No. I have to stay here,” Thé Giver said firmly “I want to Jonas. If I go with you, and together we take away all their protection from thé memories, Jonas thé community will be left with no one to help them.
We say put out again on good salt water!’”(988). Another reason why is because it was also Odysseus’s idea to stay in the cave and wait for a monster to return. Odysseus states, “‘Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused. I wished to see the cave man, what he had to offer - no pretty sight, it turned
I avoided boats and wouldn’t take a plane or go abroad. Despite all these precautions, I couldn’t get rid of the image of myself drowning”(366). This expresses just how deep his fear of water is. He is limiting his life because he is still traumatized by the wave swallowing K. He feels that because he did not try to save K. that he also will be sucked in by the water and never brought
In the same way, students who are studying this book may look for a true companion in their everyday lives. The book demonstrates that even though George has to make a lot of sacrifices in exchange for their friendship, he is always ready to vouch for Lennie and protect his dream of a better life until the end. This theme is exemplified in Bernard E. Rollins paper on the relationship between George and Lennie and the need for companionship. He writes, “Although loneliness is a prominent theme in the novel, George and Lennie’s unique friendship runs like a red thread through the story and one can read between the lines how valuable this friendship is to both of them. In spite of the fact that George and Lennie’s friendship is not always easy for George to handle because of Lennie’s shortcomings, George is always ready to vouch for Lennie” (Rollins 21).
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.
There is no legitimate reason to make anyone touch their own coffin, other to be cruel, mean, and spiteful. That was exactly what the narrator did, and if his brother would not touch it he was going to leave him there. At that point in the story Doodle did not know how to walk so he would not have been able to get down at all. The narrator is also needlessly cruel to Doodle when Hurst writes “The knowledge that Doodle’s and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened. I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us” (360).
Lennie and George were migrant workers that traveled together from place to place trying to get a job in desire that soon enough they would have money and be able to afford their own piece of land. Steinbeck shows how events conspire against the apperception of one's dream. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s dreams to show that any dream, big or small, can cause motivation. Most importantly
Dreams and aspirations give us a way to hold on to the hopes and fantasies that we don’t have in our lives. Sometimes, we hold on to that dream and we expect the most out of it. But, most times our dreams that we hold on are crucial, yet they can’t always come true. In Of Mice and Men, even though, no character’s dream came true, they were extremely important prior to the novel. One of the main characters in the novel, George had a dream of having his own place.
The cave is all they know. They haven’t worn the “violet tinted glasses”, I mean, they haven’t been exposed to the light of the sun. The outside world does not exist for them. Of course, this makes our man distressed. He just wanted his fellows to stop being miserable in this horrid cave, but in return he just has received rejection.