Author John Steinbeck displayed multiple incidents using ethos in Of Mice and Men by using the main character George to have to be the role model for his mentally disabled partner Lennie, while trying to catch their American Dream. In the story, ethos was shown when Lennie broke Curley’s arm in a fight. Ethos was present when George ordered Lennie to fight back against
George and Lennie have both changed themselves, or at least attempted to, so much that they are both distinguishably different people from the start of the book to the end of the book, which is what makes these two so perfect for this quote. In the book, Of Mice and Men, George is essentially the guardian of Lennie. However, being a guardian for a mentally-disabled person is not as luxurious as one may assume. George has put so much pressure and strain on himself in an attempt to simply get Lennie out of trouble and to prevent him from causing any more trouble. It has even gone so far that George has a plan if Lennie messes up again or makes another mistake, repeating to Lennie multiple times saying, "Lennie—if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush" (Steinbeck 15).
To sum up, the author in “Of Mice and Men” uses symbolism through animals, characters and places to make readers understand the exploration of different themes such as dreams, innocence, discrimination, and friendship, among others. Moreover, Steinbeck by using these key symbols transports us into the context, which is during the Great Depression, giving a deeper meaning to the novel. In the end, what the author wants to express is that people should always be realistic; it is a fact that they would not always get or achieve what they want. This is not because people gave up on their dreams, but because no one can know or control the situations and things that may happen as the world is not only roses but has cruelty in it. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression that was exactly what happened, people do not trust each other as men were trapped in this tense environment.
During the fight, George says, “‘Get him Lennie’.... Curley’s fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it … and his closed fist lost in Lennie's big hand”(Steinbeck 63). Man vs man conflict is happening among Lennie and Curley.George is yelling at Lennie to “get him” being, Lennie would never try to hurt someone on purpose without an order, and when he does he squeezes Curley’s
He cannot be blamed for treating Lennie badly just from a few words throughout the book. Readers forget the fact that, not only did George take care of Lennie, but he also loved him with a bond stronger than friendship. It is clear that George has Lennie’s best interests in his mind, which can be seen in his use of harsh language, his silencing of Lennie, and his murder of Lennie. Transition here. George is often blamed
In the classic American novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, power is a recurring theme. Most of the characters have direct ties to power, whether it is physical, social, economic, or intellectual. But the author balances their powers with flaws. Lennie, a main character, has a lot of physical power. Yet due to his mental disability, he does not understand the consequences of his actions.
Steinbeck incorporates his personal identity all throughout the characters and the story during his novel, Of Mice and Men, in many different ways. First of all, the book took place in Salinas, California. This is the town where Steinbeck was born and grew up in. As stated in the passage, the area’s geography and enumeration really impacted his senses, and is clearly shown in his writing. He had previously said how he was going to write about the houses, farms and ranches of the Salinas Valley.
No big son-of-a-b**** is gonna laugh at me." Curley says this because he wanted to show everyone in the room that he had the most power by beating up Lennie. When everyone almost surrounded him, Curley felt pressured and felt the need to regain his power, so he decided to do what he always does and picked a
In the 1930’s having mental problems was seen as being unbright. People back then did not understand what being mentally challenged was they would treat them like any other person which would make it hard on the person who had the challenges. In the book george stays with Lennie so he doesn't get into trouble. In the book lennie grabs a ladies dress because George wasn't around to stop him. George likes to refer to himself and george as people like us.
In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows us that people have responsibilities in life, even if they’re unwanted. The character George in Of Mice and Men had the responsibility of taking care of his retarded friend Lennie. George was always with Lennie no matter where they went. It was George’s job to take care of Lennie, so they worked together, and there were numerous times where George had to run away with Lennie because he got in trouble. George didn’t like the responsibility of taking care of Lennie because it was a huge