Have you ever had a dream that seemed almost impossible? Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck shows the destructive imbalance of social power structures in American society. The importance of idealized relationships between men, or the social structure, is proven by the many characters that live on the farm. Because of this unspoken structure, multiple characters have goals and dreams to have a better life, but George and Lennie prove the impossibility of the “American Dream.” Think of social structure like this: superintendent, principal, teacher, student. This is an example of a social structure in our everyday lives.
Loneliness In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, there are two men George Milton and Lennie Small who share the same dream of owning their own ranch someday. This novel was written during the Great Depression where many people would go out and find work. Represented by the characters George and Lennie the two men show the hardship of finding work. George and Lennie were two lucky men who had the companionship many others did not. Other men like Carlson, Crooks, Candy, and Slim would go out on their own and would often be very lonely as they didn’t have any family with them.
Bruce is also difficult to take seriously, emotionally exhausted and also a liar, though not shameless. Jay Gatsby and Bruce Bechdel share the fact that they are both very secretive, complex men. The “suspension of the imaginary in the real” (65) is the way that the two cope with their difficulties and troubles, and is the most severe commonality that they share. They both attempt to make ties with people in their lives, but these ties are tenuous at best. “Perhaps affectation can be so thoroughgoing,” writes Bechdel,
George is an extremely complex protagonist; Steinbeck’s unique style and vulgar diction throughout the first chapter convolutes the reader’s feelings about George. George’s persona rapidly changes from one extreme to the other. On one hand, George appears abusive towards Lenny and repeatedly calls him a “crazy bastard” and a “crazy son of a bitch”, but George also claims that he would “go nuts” without Lenny and that he was “jus’ foolin’’ when he uttered all the cutting remarks (Steinbeck 4-13). George’s comments fully illustrate his ambivalence towards Lenny. The reader is unsure of George because George himself is uncertain of his feelings towards Lenny.
Bertrand Russell once said, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” This quote relates to Of Mice and Men, because George shows you how to live a life inspired by love, and knowledge. George and Lennie, are two displaced migrant ranch workers, that traveled together from place to place in California looking for jobs during the Great Depression. George and Lennie must work together through their differences to find a stable place to live. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George teaches the reader valuable life lessons of responsibility, companionship, and determination. First, George shows a big role of responsibility in the novel Of Mice and Men.
We often find that it is simpler to stay hidden in the dark, rather than step out into the light. As citizens it is our responsibility to call out our leaders if they are not taking notice of what we, the people, want or need. The animals, in Animal Farm, overthrew their farmer and attempted to form a fair government, but soon became dictated to, by the pigs. The book records the evolution of tyranny to totalitarianism which became as terrible as their first situation. In Animal Farm, George Orwell illustrates that it is the responsibility of the citizens to stand up against injustice and inequality.
It was assumed the animals with wisdom would govern the farm as shown, "... the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy." (ch.5 pg.47) It all clearly points to the fact that all animals (and humans) have different strengths and different jobs and that they are not equal. This is also the case because some of the animals capabilities elevated their status within their society. This inequality sometimes helped the farm by providing a firm government but often lead to harsh mistreatment of many of the animals. The only reason animals often listened to the leader was because he had ferocious dogs protected him and in certain cases he used that power to protect his own interests.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the era of the Great Depression in the 1930’s is revealed through a simple story of ranch workers who hope to improve their lives. Migrant workers, George and Lennie, have a friendship that is based on trust and protection. The other workers lack the companionship and bond that these two men have. In the novel, the absence and presence of friendship is the motivation for the characters’ actions. The relationship between the characters George and Lennie is a strong example of friendship in this novel.
“But as small as you are, you are worse than useless” (pg.77). It always seems that Bonzo won’t leave Ender alone. It’s most likely because, Ender doesn't fear him so that scares him, it shows weakness. “He can’t allow himself to show weakness” (pg.109). All Round, Bonzo is a terrible man, but Ender can outsmart him any day.
I hate myself for it. Because I don't want the girl, and still, I take it and- I love it!” Similarly to Willy with business, Happy’s attempts at happiness fail to satisfy him. Happy has the same arrogance as Willy and belief that being well-liked and indulging in shallow acts will bring him success, inevitably leading to happiness. The same tragic pattern that occurred with Willys suicide is reoccurring with Happy with his refusal to see things as they truly are and break out of the same dissatisfying cycle as his
This is satirical because Fitzgerald uses situational irony to convey the maturity of the social classes. As well, Twain shows that the upper class has superiority over the lower class regardless of the intellectual level or age. “I see it warn’t no use wasting words—you can’t learn a nigger to argue. So I quit” (Twain, 83). Huck is saying that Jim is uneducated and teasing him because of his intellectual level; however, Huck is not too intelligent himself, therefore correcting Jim shows verbal irony.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrays that migrant workers in the Great Depression do not value life in all of its potential. George and Lennie’s friendship is different from what the expectation is, the two of them depend on each other. On the ranch friendship has no place. The workers on the ranch view life as expendable, George and Lennie’s friendship provides an alternative in that they offer companionship to one another and share a common dream. Despite the allure of their friendship and their dream, survival of the fittest overpowers the desire for community.
Extreme circumstances provoke precarious acts. As man attempts to survive, he forgets his moral code and reverts to instinctual behaviors. The boys in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies prove this: As the story progresses, their inner evil is evident through their savage actions and their moral behaviors are lost. In the beginning, the group of boys struggle to maintain a democratic environment. The longer they live on the island, their society turns chaotic: No one obeys the regulations set into place and most of them do not take their predicament as serious as they should.