Who knew something as simple as a mouse in a novel could lead readers to gathering the author's main purpose of the entire work? Mice in "Of Mice and Men" allow readers to futher understand characters' struggles in achieving their own American Dream. In John Steinbeck's, "Of Mice and Men," companions, Lennie and George, attempt to move closer to their American Dream as they work from farm to farm in order to one day own land for themselves. However, Lennie, the troublemaker, continues to force them to run away from each farm because of his accidental violent actions towards other individuals on the farms. By the end of the novel, George and Lennie's hope of owning their own land becomes unachievable because of Lennie's mistakes and the chaotic situations that he has caused. Steinbeck utilizes mice, puppies, Candy's dog, and Crooks as symbols in the novel to enhance the themes of false hopes and lonliness. First, the author …show more content…
Steinbeck utilizes his theme of lonliness to enhance the idea that so many individuals feel as though they do not belong for their own seperate reasons. In the story, Candy's dog is old, raggy, and worn out. Characters all feel as though the dog should be killed, because they do not want to have to deal with it around them. The dog is useless, and too old to perform any tasks to benefit the farm. Numerous individuals feel as though others make them feel like they are useless, and worth nothing. Candy's dog eventually gets shot for no reason, other than the fact that the others do not like him. The dog was hated by the other men living on the farm. The sense of feeling that others do not like you is one of the main contributes to lonliness in the world today. Steinbeck attempts to allow readers to recognize this, and change their actions and words towards others to prevent this lonely state in
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When Candy loses his dog, he is deeply affected, which is detected by the audience when he says, "You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They say he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me. But they won't do nothing like that. I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs" (Steinbeck 60).
Of Mice and Men tells a story based in California during the 1930s; of two men who have very different characteristics, but share the same goal. The men, George and Lennie, are migrant workers. At their new job, they meet many individuals: Candy, who is very old and cleans the bunkhouse; Curley, who is the boss’s son; Curley's wife, Crooks, the stable hand; and Slim, who is known as the “prince of the ranch.” Though they recently started, their new job quickly goes downhill. John Steinbeck’s book is carefully written and often uses hints to foretell what will happen next.
When his dog is shot, Steinbeck uses this as an opportunity for foreshadowing.. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.” (61). This scene is almost an exact replica of the very last one that occurs in the novela. Even the way Candy’s dog is shot, “‘They way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing.
John Steinbeck also created a character named Candy. Candy is an older man missing a hand, with his old sheepdog for a companion. The dog means everything to him, he’s had him ever since he was a pup. Candy felt like he had a friend in his dog, but then a fellow worker named Carlson decided he didn’t want the dog there anymore. Carlson tried his best to make Candy agree to letting him put his dog down, and eventually Candy had to because he knew he wouldn’t let it go.
Lennie explains to George “ I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along.” This foreshadows the event of Lennie murdering Curley’s wife. The theme is created by showing Lennie's intentions being positive, but in the end his plans went so far askew leading him to murder a man’s wife. Steinbeck uses the event of Candy’s dog being shot to foreshadow George’s struggle
In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs. But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their
Of Mice and men’ is novella written by the author John Steinbeck. The novella is incorporated with numerous narrative techniques to engage its audience. Some of these narrative techniques include – foreshadowing, dialogue, and animal imagery. In the novel, foreshadowing was used numerous times to hint future events throughout the story.
“The mouse” was able to move on from the grievous matter due to his disengagement to the past. Instead, blinded by a fabricated fantasy, Lennie was ignorant of the fact his own life was in very grave danger, therefore he was able to carry on happily. In the poem that inspired Steinbeck, the author presents the idea that mice are not burdened with knowledge of the past nor future, (Burns 36). The idea that “mice” live in a blissful ignorance rather than stressful reality is translated from “To a Mouse” to Of Mice and Men. The “mice” are able to live life happily with no regrets, unlike the men distressed by life and in George’s case, having to live with the memory of pulling the trigger to his companion’s death.
Of Mice and Men is an exciting book written by John Steinbeck, first published in 1937. The story is set during the Great Depression and follows two migrant workers, George and Lennie, as they travel through California in search of work. John Steinbeck utilizes symbolism, imagery, foreshadowing, and repetition to compare how Lennie and George are motivated by their dreams to show how powerful a dream can be even if the dream is unattainable. Steinbeck uses symbolism to show just how powerful having a goal can be in a character's life. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck utilizes Lennie and George’s dream of owning a farm to represent how a goal can impact a group of people.
Evan Solveson Mr. Feuerstahler Accelerated English 10 April 18, 2023 Complicated relationships in “Of Mice and Men” John Steinbeck uses friendships and relationships throughout “Of Mice and Men” in a very interesting and complex way that adds great depth to the story. Throughout the book, there are many different friendships that can be observed by the reader. These friendships can be interpreted in vastly different ways, and they can vary in relevance to the story. A few examples of friendships throughout the story are George and Lennie, Lennie and his puppy, Candy and his dog, and Curley’s wife and Lennie.
Because Lennie is mentally disabled, he relies on George as a parental figure, despite them being of similar ages, so they travel together around California working at ranches. The novella is about George and Lennie’s time working at a ranch in Salinas, California as they try to work towards their dream of owning a farm and living off the land. Throughout the book, Steinbeck uses different animals to represent certain themes and characters. Animal symbolism is prevalent through the usage of rabbits to symbolize hopes and freedom, Candy’s dog to
As the dog lost its serviceability, it lived on with age and suffered, thus had to be put down in order to prevent it from suffering any longer. Contrary to this, Lennie was one of the most useful members of the farm. His strength making it easy to do certain things, his mentality however, was something else, like that of an ignorant, innocent child. Even when a girl screamed, Lennie became “scared all he can think to do is jus’ hold on.” (Steinbeck, 41) Unbeknownst to Lennie and George, his natural innocence and ignorance, will whittle down his usefulness until nothing's left.
By giving Lennie these childish and animalistic qualities, Steinbeck is illustrating how his immaturity causes him to get into trouble and distances him from the other workers. Although, through all of Lennie’s mistakes, George stays with him because he needs his companionship as much as Lennie does as it brings them both hope and strength in their desperate situations as migrant workers during the
Later in the bunkhouse, a distraught Candy says, “‘I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't have let no stranger shoot my dog.’", foreshadowing George's reasoning for killing Lennie (Steinbeck 60). Later in the story, George uses this similar thought process when he decides to kill Lennie rather than let Curley torture and kill him. Steinbeck uses Candy and his dog to foreshadow George killing Lennie, conveying the prevalent idea of euthanasia and mercy killing
All people have goals, but some have no chance of achieving them. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Candy, Crooks and Lennie all live on the same farm, but are faced with different circumstances holding them back from achieving what they desire. Through the characters of Candy, Crooks, and Lennie, Steinbeck shows that issues outside the control of an individual often limit the achievement of an individual’s dream. Throughout the novel, Lennie is faced with obstacles that are in the way of him attaining his ultimate goal.