“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” This was from Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse.” John Steinbeck used this quotation as the title of his book, Of Mice and Men. As in the poem, human being’s plans also do not always go as intended. Even in this title, Steinbeck is already foreshadowing what will happen in the story. George and Lennie, in Of Mice and Men, wish to someday own their own farm together. But, Lennie has mental disabilities, such as short-term memory loss.
The conflict in the novel “Of Mice And Men” by John Steinbeck is all created by the relationships of the people in it. If Lennie or George or Curley’s wife was any different, there would be no story. Steinbeck tries to show the sacrifices we make for each other in friendship, even if it’s in the extreme case of killing someone for their happiness and well-being. In other cases characters give up their American dream (in Curley’s wife’s case, her performing dream) for someone else. In the novel “Of Mice And Men” George and Lennie’s friendship is very much like a brotherly relationship.
Curley’s attitude is a crucial part of what allows him to fit the villain archetype, however, his attitude is not the only element that shows he is a villain. One’s attitude goes hand in hand with how the act, similar in archetypes you don’t see the hero hurting or torturing people for their amusement. After Curley and Slim arrive at the bunkhouse, the characters start to laugh at Curley for his glove filled with vaseline, so Curley decides that he needs to prove himself better by picking a fight with Lennie. “Curley was balanced and poised. He slashed at Lennie with his left, and then smashed down his with a right.
Partners in Crime “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” Throughout this book Lennie and his partner in crime George encounter many problems and contradictions that shakes things up a notch. After reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George is justified in killing Lennie because; Lennie is a liability and he is already suffering mentally enough. George is justified in killing Lennie because he is already being punished enough mentally. One quote that explains Lennie’s confusion and mental illness is, “they was so little," he said apologetically. "I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead—because they was so little.
In Of Mice and Men, George is one of the characters who lost hope to his friend Lennie, through the actions/troubles Lennie had made. It is also shown in the book with other character 's actions. George is Lennie 's best friend who lost hope on Lennie because Lennie keep on getting in trouble. Lennie is a big, muscular man, but he is also unintelligent and irresponsible. He always gets in trouble because he likes to pet soft things, and when he do, he can 't stop petting it.
It does this through an emphasis on dialogue rather than description, rapid changes of scenes and lack of transitions. To set the scene of 1930s life, Steinbeck uses the concept of social realism when he evokes the idea that the two protagonists are destined to crash from the very beginning. Steinbeck ensures that his characters are believable and are shown as is so that the reader can connect and relate with each protagonist. There is a much deeper meaning to the setting of mice and men; The Great Depression and poor men desperately looking for work. Steinbeck describes natural settings to create a mood and atmosphere for the reader, also emphasising themes such as loneliness and instability.
What is Friendship? What is Innocence? What is Violence? Will, Friendship is a relationship between friends, Innocence is lack of guile or corruption; purity, and Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something. In the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck talk about these three themes that center around these two mens during the “Great Depression”.
This displays the fear that the author had for his father. When reflecting over the poem, John J. Mckenna stated, “The author replaced the rather benign ‘kept’ with ‘beat’ thus making the situation more ominous, more negative” Roethke’s father worked manual labor and had a strong physique. This means that he might’ve been too rough with his son at times, but not intentionally to hurt him. That is one of the reasons Roethke feared his father slightly. Another change Roethke made to the poem was the gender of the child.
Of mice and men (final) Johns Steinbeck’s 1937 masterpiece “of mice and men” gives insight to the lives of ordinary people affected by the great depression in America, during the 1930s. In the novella the themes of loyalty and disloyalty are a key part of the plot. Steinbeck explores the seminal themes of loyalty and disloyalty by careful use of setting, structure and development of complex character constructs. Also the use of language and imagery in the novella depict the reality of the great depression for many people and the challenges they faced everyday. At the beginning of the novella author John Steinbeck opens with a description of the idyllic natural setting, where “the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green.
In the novel, ¨Of Mice and Men,¨ the author, John Steinbeck, develops complex characters which opens the story up for interpretation. Steinbeck uses both direct and indirect characterization, which forces the reader to infer important traits about each characters. An example of a character is Crooks, a colored man working on a ranch during the Great Depression. Being the only black man on the ranch, Crooks is often looked down on as a stable bunk, and is not respected as the other men are. Because of this, Crooks is perceived as powerless.