The novellas Of Mice and Men and The Pearl are both often noted as social criticisms. The author, John Steinbeck addresses real-life issues that society is facing. Whether through direct statements and comments, or through a fictional characters’ situation, Steinbeck criticizes just some of the problems of society. He shows the way people are discriminated against, and why. He shows the issues society faces.
Of Mice and Men: Lennie’s Mental Illness The novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is a story about two men and their companionship. The story takes place in California during the Great Depression. The two men have a dream to one day own a farm of their own. This dream never comes true and they are forced to work for someone else on a ranch for the rest of their lives.
In 1937 in the midst of The Great Depression, John Steinback published ‘Of Mice and Men’. This story introduced two characters by the name of George and Lennie. The two friends travel across California looking for work. In the book, the author portrays Lennie a huge, strong, and slow learning man. With the authors indirect characterization about Lennie, some critics infer that Lennie is forgetful and never intends to hurt anyone.
Steinbeck is a master of displaying implicit and explicit discrimination. He uses symbolism and imagery to depict the characters of his reference. The lexis conveyed the main motif of discrimination, by the representation of a microcosm of civil perspectives – a mentally challenged man, a lonely married woman seeking attention from male ranch workers, a very old yet prudent man and a Negro slave. Steinbeck tackles the stereotypical view on these civil perspectives and how they are discriminated against based on their race, gender and intellect. Additionally, his descriptions of the characters delve into their appearance, personality and dreams for the reader’s sympathy and concern.
Broken Dreams Sexism is shown throughout the book because of the way men talk about Curley’s wife. A fact that is important is that Steinbeck was raised in a society where men were considered more powerful than women, which explains why Steinbeck didn't give a name for Curley's wife. Steinbeck puts her in the book as if saying she’s Curley’s possession in a way. Curley’s wife says it herself that when she finds one of the men alone they treat her good but when the men are all together they gang up against her. Curley’s wife flirtatious actions are caused by her loneliness and not being able to communicate with others.
In the novel Of Mice & Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George’s relationship is not the most quintessential friendship. Though in the first part of the story it is not said that Lennie has any social disabilities, you can pick up the characteristic. George has a way with words, which affects Lennieーbut only within that moment. Steinbeck portrays both these characters very vividly; although he does not just flat out make a list describing each man, he shows each personality and relationship they hold.
George and Lennie’s Complex Relationship Since Lennie has a mental disability, it is hard for George to keep Lennie out of trouble in a various number of situations. George gets frustrated with Lennie several times in the novel, and it is hard for George to stay by Lennie’s side at some points. Lennie and George face several issues, and it continues in the book Of Mice and Men. Even though Lennie and George’s friendship has its problems, there are still benefits of having a friend. Lennie’s mental disability isn’t as dangerous when George is around.
In the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there is a character named Curley’s Wife. Curley’s Wife is first shown in the novella as a character who is provocative and represented as darkness. Throughout the story she is dehumanized, objectified, and sexualized. Therefore, Steinbeck crafts the character, Curley’s Wife, in order to convey how the american dream is unattainable through him showing sexism and discrimination towards women.
One of Lennie's greatest fears is being on George's bad side. To me, this quotation sounds like a goodbye. George is telling Lennie that in their entire friendship, he was never mad at him. He wants to let Lennie feel loved and that he never did anything to get on his bad side. These are his last words to Lennie because of George bringing the gun with him to meet Lennie.
The discrimination of the 1960’s and 1970’s toward the chicanos can still be seen today. Donald Trump, he’s in the media on T-shirt, and hates chicanos. I the 1960’s chicanos were pay discriminated and racially attacked. The chicanos and Philpano movement lead by Chezar Cheves granted illegal, and legal farm workers better wages. Although the unequal pay for chicanos is this happening the times are about to get a lot worse for them.
Over time, the United States of America has gone through many ups and downs. During the 1930’s, the Great Depression was already in full spring. During this dark time in our nation’s history, many people were left unemployed and even homeless. The Great Depression spawned much resentment. People all across the globe dealt with the financial hardships.
Friendship is something everyone needs to survive. Without friends, there is no one to look to in times of need; no one to support you . In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, it is clear that George and Lennie are best friends who always stay together, even though their relationship is strained. But sometimes, friends must do what is best for the other. Due to this, it is clear that George was justified in killing Lennie at the end of the novel.