"’Cause I’m black…"(Steinbeck ch.4). This is the only time that we see crooks discussing how everyone on the ranch degrades him and discriminates him. Crooks is so oppressed by the society that he lives in, that he starts to opress himself and he seems to be depressed. Crooks never talks back to any of the ranch workers when they call him racial slurs to his face. Crooks either has a strong will to keep working here, or, he knows that he has no other choice than to go out alone and starve.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows George Milton and Lennie Small as they attempt to survive the destitution of the Great Depression. The two travel together, making them different from the rest of the ranch workers, who are alone in their hardships. However, their relationship is more complex than the surface: it presents a power struggle with the ulterior motive to help oneself. Through the characterization of the ranch workers, Steinbeck makes a claim about human’s innate characteristics: people in power will use their status in order to solidify their position over the weak. Through George and Lennie’s relationship, Steinbeck exemplifies a power struggle in which the stronger of the two, George, prevails over the other.
Explore the theme of discrimination within Steinbeck’s novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ and how this relate to the historical context of the time. “In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing – antihumanism.” – Shirley Chisholm. Discrimination. It’s a key theme that crafts, changes, and destroys certain aspects of the novella; such as the relationships, the hopes, dreams, and all the good in the world. Sometimes, it even overpowers the very structure itself of the novella.
First, the minor characters are used to foreshadow the events of the story. Candy’s dog is old, stinks and is “all stiff with rheumatism”; basically he is portrayed as a weak, powerless character. When Carlson offers to shoot the dog, he says “this ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time...you ain’t bein kind to him keepin’ him alive.” He perceives himself as killing the dog to end its suffering. Candy’s dog’s death makes the readers anticipate for future mercy killings of disempowered characters, which is Lennie’s death in this case. The deliberate use of foreshadowing can be further proved by the striking similarities between the two deaths.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, legality is often deemed less important than morality in terms of decision making. Multiple characters throughout the novel disregard the law in order to carry out their vision of justice. When Curley, the son of the ranch owner, discovers his wife’s body, he is furious. So furious that he plans to track Lennie, a new employee with an intellectual disability, down and murder him to get revenge for his mistake. Regardless of the law, Curley’s morals based on vengeance and masculinity drive him to kill Lennie.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences as a migrant worker in the 1920s, the title is taken from Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse”, which read: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” (The best laid schemes of mice and men / often go awry.) The Life and Times of John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, near the coast of California, 40 km north of the region that became the setting for Of Mice and Men.
The instincts of bear signify brutality and little intellectual mind as Steinbeck 's imagery about Lennie portrays nature in its cruelty to the weak. Lennie’s comprehension of the world takes a long route from killing a mouse to strangling Curley 's wife, brutality at the end resulted in pushing Lennie into then fears of the world, as everyone is to fence against each other. Physical violence ties heavily to brutality
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Thoroughly explaining prejudice in an abstract way, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck displays considerable amount of prejudice. It’s significance lies where Steinbeck conveys vital messages about the society we live in and showcases crucial themes beneath the overall story. Themes such as justice, dreams and prejudice are all displayed through the characters’ thoughts and dialogue. It symbolizes how our society was in the 1900s and what the human race has followed through and developed from experiences, such as sexism, racism, stereotypes, criticism, etc. Produce is showcased in the novella through characters Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife.
The character Candy preforms many examples of how he is lonely and needs companionship. He shows this when he is in the bunkhouse with his dog, Slim, Carlson, Whit, and George. Carlson is going to kill Candy's old dog because he is old and smells bad (Steinbeck 47). This phrase suggests that Carlson is going to kill Candy's only friend which will make him even more lonely than he already is. Candy's representation of his feelings show that he is lonely.