They are doomed from the start because of Lennie’s fatal flaw—he is developmentally disabled and therefore incapable of bringing the dream to fruition—but his naïveté also allows both him and George to pursue the dream. Lennie’s innocence permits George to believe that the dream might be attainable: “George said softly, ’I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.’” Lennie is the keeper of the dream; he does not question its inevitable fulfillment, he simply believes. Without this innocence, George would be like all the other ranch hands, wasting his money on whiskey and women, drifting aimlessly from one job to the
Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As a writer, John Steinbeck’s weapon is the written word and in his famous novel Of Mice and Men, he ventures to change the ideas and opinions of his readers. Of Mice and Men is set in 1930’s America during the Great Depression. Even though there are some instances in the novel where Steinbeck seems to mirror the attitudes of the past, there also are several instances where the author he displays the need for societal change. He uses characters in the novel, such as Lennie, to demonstrate the mistreatment of the mentally disabled. He also shows the desperate plight of the economically disadvantaged during the Great Depression.
Fitzgerald uses symbol and character to build his theme of money does not guarantee people 's perceptions or dreams. Dreams are not guaranteed to come true. Myrtle Wilson, MYRTLE WILSON THE WHORE OF A WIFE, dies before achieving any of her dreams. She had an affair with Tom Wilson as an attempt to bring herself closer to the wealthy upper class, but she was never happy with what she had. In this novel, dust is a symbol representing the poor and desolate.
She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
Yet, this desire for human contact crumbles when all the ranch workers see her as a “bitch” (32) and a “jail bait” (32) who “poison[s]” (32) them. No matter how hard she tries to appeal to the ranch hands, they will always see her as the ranch whore, nothing more or less. They will never understand why she flirts with them and provokes them because in their eyes she only causes trouble for them. Crooks clearly states that they “don’t want no trouble” (77) when Curley’s wife enters uninvitingly, and she responds with “…I ain’t giving you no trouble. Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while?” (77) From the perspective of the ranch hands, Curley’s wife represents a nuisance with no individuality,
The book is basically telling a young Black African American that you can survive in this world she is saying that “If i can do it than you can to”. Then to Introduce the antagonist in the book Harpo is the mean father of the children and he doesn’t approve of nettie getting married to Alfonso. So Celie and her sister’s try to change his mind. But he said that he wouldn’t Alphonso refuses to let Nettie marry, instead
But in some points in the novella, Steinbeck twists aspects of the Great Depression, and morphs them into similar yet impactful versions of his own. For example, the fact that Candy thinks the may get replaced wouldn’t have been a reality. While Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, all itinerant ranch workers were starting to be replaced by machinery. Nonetheless, his novella captures lives of those at that time, and his perspective of it himself. By doing this, Steinbeck takes us into the minds of the characters and gives the novella a more personal
John Steinbeck, an author Alameda Unified School District has approved of for years, shares strong ideas with English students at Alameda High. In John Steinbeck’s passages such as Of Mice and Men and The Pearl, set in the early 1900’s, he reaches out to the people among society who live without a voice and sends moral lessons to his readers. Of Mice and Men describes a setting during the Great Depression where two friends, Lennie and George, attempt to fulfill their American Dream by earning money from local work stations. Lennie, having mental disabilities struggles with controlling his emotions and being disliked by the boss’s son, Curley, creates problems for the two at their new job. Meanwhile, The Pearl voices the life of a family, a
Curley threatens all of the men with a beating if they speak to his wife, witch makes Curley 's wife feel extremely isolated and lonely. Curley 's wife eventually seeks attention by going to Lennie, which leads to the cause of her death. Steinbeck 's use of the theme of loneliness to show that people need to interact with others and that loneliness can affect people of all types. One character that faces lots of loneliness is Curley 's wife because of the fact that she gave up on her dream of becoming a actor. As a result Curley 's wife went looking for a rich young man.
Characters George and Lennie share the unrealized dream to own a small farm. This does not happen because Lennie’s incompetence to listen to George and his compulsion to touch soft things. Candy’s dream of gaining something tangible after working hard is crushed when Lennie ruins the farm-plan by killing Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife wishes she was an actress away from the grasp of Curley and the ranch. This however, is foolish because as a child she was called a fantastic actor.