Of Mice And Men John Steinbeck’s novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ published in the 1930’s employs carefully considered narrative techniques that effectively inject sympathy within the reader. The chain of events are foreshadowed through speech, Death and Lennie Small. Curlys Wife soon becomes the instrument who destroys the dream. Steinbeck demonstrates this through various techniques including of foreshadowing, realism, symbolism, circular structure, significance of the title and setting. One of the predominant themes that govern the story and characters in the book is friendship, "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world” Lennie And George are very lucky to have each other, although they are rather different to one another,
The presence of friendship affecting Candy when he has a hard time letting go of his long time friend and when Lennie relies on his friendship with George to get him through tough situations. The absence of friendship affects characters like Crooks; since he is black and feels like he is not wanted he always wants to be alone and have his space. The presence and absence of friendship can affect different characters in different ways; especially in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men discusses many different themes throughout the book such as dreams, friendship, innocence, violence, and the hopefully ensuing justice. Throughout the 1930’s, Steinbeck worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer. He understood the hardships faced in the Great Depression and how desperate times can impel people to do unthinkable things. Of Mice and Men revolves around the lives of George Milton and Lennie Small as they struggle to make a living during the difficult depression. George, is in comparison, a parent to Lennie, whose towering stature is accompanied by a mind as honest and pure as a young child.
In conclusion, the theme of loneliness is very well illustrated by Steinbeck. Through very subtle ways and through the more obvious confessions. Most of the characters searches for a friend to confide in, someone to help them measure the world but in the end, companionship of this kind seems unattainable. If this book has taught me anything, it’ll have to be that everybody needs a friend to talk to, no matter what race, gender or age. You have to have companionship to prevent you from suffering from loneliness and your harsh
The American Dream was a key motivator for men and women during the Great Depression. John Steinbeck portrays this through all of his characters in Of Mice and Men. The theme of dreams is carried throughout the book in many different ways. For example, Bo Grimes states, “He portrays it by letting the dream come within the men’s grasp and then it gets destroyed” (3). John Steinbeck has a specific type of character he depicts in his writing.
This constant reminiscence of his father are only present in the latter half of the book when the theme of depression is much more prevalent. Additionally, this theme is executed again when Will blames Zachery for the incident at the tuck shop and its aftermath. This scene, whilst being not very symbolic is important as its vitriolic scenes lead tie in well with one of the many climaxes of the literature. Finally,
George Milton is a small man with deep morals and is one of the most important characters in the novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. George is a typical lonesome man living in the Great Depression that migrates from ranch to ranch to find a place of work. However, his friendship with Lennie makes him different than the other men. George faces many consequences from befriending Lennie and with his presence, George is unable to maintain a job without having any trouble or messes to clean up. Readers should be more compassionate toward George because of his relationship with Lennie; George sacrifices his personal wants, has to correct Lennie’s mistakes and eventually has to come to terms with the ultimate sacrifice.
: 9-10). Ellis Amburn explained this primeval bond to his brother in the same way: “…Gerard would haunt the life and the work of Jack Kerouac, sending him a passionate search for male companions to replace his brother – a search that culminated with Neal Cassady and On the Road” (Amburn). Indeed, this unique friendship with Neal Cassady was an alternative to disappointing family relationships. He wanted to compensate Gerard’s death with Cassady’s relationship. Also, these strong male relationships characterized the whole book: “This is, after all, a book in which the men are always leaving the women for other men – Sal leaving an unnamed woman for Dean, Dean leaving several wives for Sal, Ed leaving Galatea Dunkel for Dean...” (Barbarese 592) This masculinity took root in his childhood, as well.
"A life without cause is a life without effect," a famous quote from Paulo Coelho. This quote is similar to Ebenezer Scrooge 's transformation. Scrooge being as miserly as he was causes a bigger impact in the play and also in his alteration. Scrooge was an old niggardly man who was selfish and didn 't aid or support anyone besides himself. As a result to his actions, his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley visits Scrooge attempting to change Scrooge for the better.
Brick undergoes a breakthrough in his character when his complex with deceit is finally broken through. He expresses his want for his father’s affection, of which he believes what not genuine. “All I wanted was a father, not a boss!...I wanted you to love me...” “Not me and not Gooper.” Big Daddy has an epiphany about his life and character and comes to terms with his confusion with love and materialism. “You gave her things Papa not love!” He comes to terms with his own mortality when in an instance of rage he speaks about the future “in a year or two years from now” and recognises that he may not have one. Brick learns about Big Daddy’s yearning to give his children what he never had.