They were seen as useless and as extra mouths to feed. Candy faces the endless fear that the boss will fire him once he loses his worth on the farm. Candy’s fears are portrayed when Carlson shoots his old dog because the dog is too old to be of use. He tells Lennie
In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses a line from Robert Burns poem “To a Mouse” to portray the theme that the main characters failure is inevitable; the forces acting upon this are Lennie’s display of his growing disability, and that nobody believes they can do it, plus the men’s inability to stay in one place. First of all, Steinbeck uses Lennie’s growing disability as a force acting on the main characters inevitable failure. After taking away a dead mouse, George said, “that mouse ain’t fresh, Lennie; and besides you’ve broke it pettin’ it” (9). This is the first time we see that Lennie is capable of hurting small things down to killing them. He did proclaim that he didn’t kill the mouse but George told the readers that this isn’t the first
Steinbeck uses events to express that the american dream is impossible. In conclusion, to express that the american dream is impossible Steinbeck used conversation, conflicts, and events. Throughout of mice and men George and Lennie got into many situations where they felt scared , worried, and angry. Together the plan was to get the money to live in a small place, tend to the rabbits and alpha so they are happy. But things happen such as George killing Lennie that make the american dream impossible to achieve.
The Failure of Dreams in Of Mice and Men In the novel, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck argues that dreams are a foolish hope that cannot be achieved through how George and Lennie’s dream, Curley’s wife’s dream, and Crooks’ deepest desire all fail. John Steinbeck grew up and lived during the Great Depression, where he saw a lot of fragile dreams shatter and never come true. Naturally, this gave him a rather pessimistic view on dreams, so many of the characters have hopes that are never reached. George and Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Crooks all suffer the same fate, and never reach their ambitions. The entire novel is based off George and Lennie’s aspirations to own their own farm.
It dethrones one’s sense of judgment and usurps the throne, thereby beginning the new reign of a tyrant and leaving the host with no defense against his worst enemy, himself. In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, powerlessness forces desperate actions to be made. Lennie’s helplessness in the novel renders him, at various times, paralyzed and unable to make crucial decisions. For example, when Slim helps Curley get up after the fight where Lennie punches Curley, the omniscient narrator observes that Lennie is “still crouched fearfully against the wall” (65). Lennie’s crouched position indicates how the shame of giving in to Curley’s pugnacious nature has depleted his self-respect.
Throughout the novel Watership Down by Richard Adam, the power of the human spirit is constantly demonstrated by the actions of the main characters. One such time is when the main characters leave their home warren despite the Threarah, who they are accustomed to listening to and obeying, telling them not to do so. Another time the power of the human spirit is portrayed is when the rabbits cross the merciless heather without turning back. One final example is when the rabbits get Bigwig out of the snare. In Watership Down, a chief theme is that the resiliency of the human spirit prevails over all other physical and emotional barriers.
Lennie kills the puppy as he as done before with animals such as mice. Not on purpose of course but because he doesn’t know his own strength. The death of the puppy is a parallel for the fate that awaits him later. Like the Puppy he is innocent and unaware of the things around him that could potentially hurt him. Candy’s dog is more of a warning to everyone rather than just Lennie.
“And will there be rabbits, George?” “Yeah, Lennie. There'll be rabbits.” There is a certain curse attached to the most familiar lines in literature. Because we know them so well, we tend to smile when we encounter them, and they can break the reality of the story they're trying to tell. What stage Hamlet has not despaired of getting through “To be, or not to be?” in one piece? In John Steinbeck's novel “Of Mice and Men,” made into an enduringly popular movie, the lines about the rabbits have became emblems for the whole relationship between George and Lennie -- the quiet-spoken farm laborer and the sweet, retarded cousin he has taken under his arm.
Disability is defined as a condition that restricts a person physically and/or mentally. In the John Steinbeck novel, of Mice and Men, Lennie suffers from this. He is mentally disabled. This forms the story’s conflict. Lennie tries to be in line with society however, his disability makes it much harder, especially in the time period that this story takes place in.
As society has become an integral part of the world’s culture, the opinions and misconceptions of others have dominated the way people live. Throughout history, certain groups and ideas have been suppressed by the ones in charge. These actions have sprouted an almost universal indifference to those deemed less than ideal, and therefore created a divide in the way society sees race, age groups and even gender. Coupled with the Great Depression, these beliefs are the driving force for the majority of problems individuals experience in the text. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the device of conflict to portray the external struggles of characters living in the era of the Great Depression.