In the 1930’s the world struggled with many issues such as racism, prejudice, and injustice hierarchy. Many of these problems still remain a problem to this day. In the book, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the themes of the book symbolize the social struggles of the time period of the Great Depression. In the story, two men travel place to place, trying to maintain a job to make a living. However, Lennie, a strong, mentally handicapped character makes it difficult for him and his caretaker George, to stay in one place.
Of Mice and Men is not only about two friends and their journey together, but as well as giving one a deeper meaning of the book, such as showing the nature of their dreams, the characters as archetypes, and if the killing of Lennie is justified in the end. In this literary novella, Steinbeck digs into the idea of the nature of dreams and that each man must make sacrifices or battle some other outside force to make a dream come true. This follows with the theme that humans give meaning to their life and future by creating dreams. George and Lennie both have vast dreams that influence them in different
He ponders the true differences between men and animals, how in the end “intelligent” man, and “unintelligent” animal, all suffer, and die in the end. How this relates to the book “of Mice and Men,” is instead of animals, and men. It’s weak men (Lennie) and strong men (George, Candy, the Boss…. And pretty much every other character in the book.) While Lennie(the mouse) may have gotten killed (had his nest destroyed) by George (the ploughman.)
The type of conflict used in this novel to add depth and complexity to the story as well as the character of Henry Fleming is Man versus Self. This is shown through his issues with masculinity, courage, and self image. Lastly, and decidedly the hardest to detect conflict in the novel is Man versus Nature. Nature is used not the conventional way, but to show the power human nature has on a person’s thoughts and actions. In Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, conflict is shown through man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus self to show the harsh realities of the civil
"Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends." This quote from the critically acclaimed book, The Old Man and the Sea, coincides on what is portrayed in the bible of a loving father would say to his son before sacrificing him. Various other comparisons and analogies can be found within the novela and the majority of them have a Christian attribute to them. In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway creates a vivid picture of allusions towards the reader by fabricating situations that symbolize important topics in Santiago 's life.
The man and the boy face many obstacles on the desolate, never-ending road that they overcome. The boy and the man have an encounter with a corrupt man that ends poorly, the man and the boy search for food by rummaging through houses they come upon helpless people, and the man’s decision at the end of the novel affects the boy. The boy is the light of the man’s world and the man urges to find a better place for them because of his angelic qualities and “if he is not the word of God, God never spoke”(4). McCarthy portrays the theme of the
Therefore, man must live within the confines nature allows man to live in, meaning nature is the ruler of man. London also introduces the themes of instincts, primitivity, judgement, and foolishness. All these themes in the story are interconnected as they play into the central conflict. The fact that the man decides to ignore the advice of others in traveling in conditions he shouldn’t is not only a neglect of better judgement and instinct but shows the foolishness within the man as he believes he has the upper hand against the forces of nature. We also can see that in the story the dog is a symbol and representation of instinct.
Whether or not the man can build a fire in the story represents life and human’s ability to survive against nature. The man’s failure to build a fire further reinstates the dark and ominous tone presented by the narrator. Similar to fire, the man’s hands represents the relationship between life and death. The narrator describes that, “He kept his head to one side to escape the strangling fumes, and held the blazing bunch to the birch bar. And so he held it, he became aware of sensation in his hand.
In both the first and last lines of the poem we see the narrator moving forward on his journey. The idea of darkness is prevalent throughout the poem. From the darkness of the woods at the beginning and end, to the dark corners of the hospital where men are bleeding and dying. Whitman also uses cataloging in this poem to show the death and destruction that the narrator is seeing. One of the strongest points in this poem is the imagery used.
This quote is both a metaphor and an idiomatic expression because they didn’t literally get whacked by wind. By expressing that the wind whacked them the reader can take away that the wind was very strong. I find that one of the major themes so far in this novel is the isolation of Mark. He was left on a planet to survive on his own. This shows that life knocked him into a situation and now he is isolated and need to figure out a way to survive and adapt.