Throughout chapters 3 and 4 of Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses detailed descriptions of animal imagery to convey his ideas. Throughout pages 61 and 62, Lennie and Curley get into a fist fight when Lennie angered Curley. Although Lennie didn't want to fight Curley, he had no choice once he was told to by George. While knowing that hands are a motif to people, during the fight the author says, “The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie’s big hand (62).” Clearly, when a fish is flopping it on a line, it is vulnerable because it is out of its natural habitat and gasping for water.
The novella Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck about two migrant farmers in Salinas,California working on a ranch during the Great Depression era. In the novel Steinbeck explores and conveys many themes such as loneliness and the idea of achieving the American dream. He does this through the use of allusion to further develop the meaning of the text in Of Mice and Men. By using these allusions Steinbeck is also able to enhance the characters and their actions in the novel. Steinbeck makes several allusions to the biblical stories Garden of Eden,The Story of Cain and Abel,and The Fall of Man to develop the meaning Of Mice and Men.
Wild Workers More than 4,000 species of animals migrate throughout the year. Just like animals that migrate, during the 1920s a lot of workers would relocate for new jobs. Many of these workers were animalized by business owners displayed in the novel Of Mice and Men. This realistic fiction by John Steinbeck presents figurative language and symbolism that often describes Lennie as an animal, ultimately illustrating the harsh treatment of migrant workers by comparing him to animals. Also, Steinbeck discusses Lennie using animal imagery that depicts him as childlike and unintelligent but expresses his true capability of strength.
Dreams, a major motif in the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is defined as wishing for a better place, future, situation, etc.; Idealized life. The motif of dreams contributes to the development of Character vs. Self-conflict because it involves the protagonist Lennie battling his own disability, relating to theme: happiness is an elusive state that people are constantly searching for and often miss from trying too hard. The motif, dreams, strengthens the improvement of the theme by molding Lennie’s actions towards finding his dream so it displays the meaning of the theme. An example of this is when Lennie is killed by George.
“Real friends dont get offended when you insult them. They smile and call you something even more offensive”. Friends are the people you count on when your in trouble. Through the use of metaphors in the quote, and the symbolism in “Of Mice And Men” by John Steinbeck. They show that friends should make you happy, and be there no matter what, because their the ones you count on when your in need.
Therese Pivarunas November 1, 2017 Literature 2 Honors Period 4 Banned Book Essay A deep friendship between two people has always been valued in society. The novella Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, should not be banned from libraries and schools, rather, it should be taught to students and remain accessible to the public. This book takes place in the middle of the Great Depression, and follows the journey of two workers looking for jobs in California. Lennie and George, the two workers, support each other through their companionship and hope to make enough money to start a new life. This story contains relatable characters who try to achieve their goals in life, a compelling story of hardship, and features a strong bond between two
Archetypes are a manifestation of how our minds envision the roles of characters, these characters come in the form of the hero, villain, temptress, damsel, monster, and mentor. In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, we follow the story of two men who struggle to pull through to survive horrible times, on their journey they come across other characters that fulfill the roles of the archetypes. The archetype in discussion is the villain archetype which is the evildoer of a story usually a person who commits a crime against society or against a couple of people. One character in particular that fills the archetype of the villain is Curley, he has an aura of evil that resonates from his attitude and his actions, which triggers people
Throughout Of Mice and Men, they’re many allusions of the Bible. It is believed that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was influenced also by John Milton's Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve and how they were created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden because of disobedience. In the Bible, God created the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve to live and tend to. God gave them instructions that they can eat from any tree except the tree of knowledge.
In the novella Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck often employs animal imagery to dehumanize Lennie, in order to allow the reader to justify George putting him down at the end of the novella. As Steinbeck’s use of animal imagery progresses throughout the novel, Lennie is dehumanized by being compared to an animal that only hinders George’s pursuit of happiness. Starting with Lennie’s introduction, Steinbeck influences how the reader perceives Lennie. During the reader's first encounter with Lennie, he is described as walking “heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws," (Steinbeck 2). Steinbeck’s diction invokes animal imagery by comparing Lennie’s movements to that of a bear, which immediately dehumanizes Lennie to the reader.
It seems like George felt a kind of a protective brother relationship with Lennie. On page 3, George and Lennie are in the middle of their travels and they stop at a little stream for a rest, and Lennie decides that he wants a drink. The text goes on to say; “Lennie!’ he said sharply. “Lennie for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.”
Best friends are on the hunt to find a job during the Great Depression, will they find a job before it's too late? But finding a job and keeping one will be difficult when you have a mental disability.
Requiem for a Rabbit Animals, what are they? One may receive a very scientific definition, perhaps explaining that they are something like a living organism that can eat living substances, and that they have complex or intricate body systems. When people describe them, many say that they are foolish little creatures whose purpose only serves as maybe to work or even possess a friendship with humans in some cases. But what if there was really more than meets the eye, an even deeper connection that many fail to see on a day to day basis? Nature and animals are both crucially important aspects in Of Mice and Men.