In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men there are a lot of themes. The themes consist of friendship, loneliness, discrimination and dreams. All of these themes are important, and play immense role in the outcome at the end. The major theme is that friends stick together; unconditionally; this is demonstrated through Lennie and George's actions in Weed, in the bunk house, and in the aftermath of Curly's wife's death. One example of true friends sticking together is exemplified when George stays with Lennie after Lennie's actions in Weed.
In the second to last sentence in the second to last stanza Robert Burns writes, “The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men/Gang aft agley” (Burns 39), which translates to how to farmer believed the mouse he had ended up killing had all these plans, but in the end wasn’t allowed to fulfill them due to his death, similar to Lennie. Therefore, Steinbeck was foreshadowing what was going to happen to Lennie in the end of the
Their dream crushed and gone forever for Lennie was a part of it. Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” teaches us many valuable themes and lessons. Themes such as optimism, friendship, the American dream, racial discrimination, and innocence. George teaches us about friendship and optimism, Lennie represents innocence, Crooks shows us racial discrimination, and all together they make the American dream. In the end of the book everything didn’t turn out as planned and the outcome
For example Sergeant Major Morris states that the first owner of the paw wished for death. That creates suspense because the reader wants to know why he wished for death. It foreshadows that the paw brings bad luck. Sergeant Major Morris also tells the Whites “…don’t blame me for what happens” (Jacobs 91). It foreshadows that something very bad is going to happen.
In the fictional book of Harry Potter, Rowling set forth different themes. Most obvious among them is love and friendship, as shown by the Golden Trio. Harry, Ron and Hermione stick together no matter what. Sure, their friendship had been tested a couple of times but they always got through in the end. Despite their obvious differences, they are closely bound by their friendship based on trust.
Love in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, is demonstrated through esteem and fairness which is connected by family and friends. The author, Harper Lee, indicates this love through Atticus, who reveals his love by they way he treats Mr. Cunningham and Tom Robinson. As well as, the unbreakable bond between Dill, Scout, and Jem is a lifelong friendship, and Atticus's fatherly love towards Scout and Jem. Throughout the novel love is shown in numerous ways. One example of the way Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is considered a love story is through the way Atticus treats Mr. Cunningham and Tom Robinson.
This reflects on how friendships can teach people to have empathy for others. After Carlson takes Candy’s dog, George, Lennie and Candy talk about their dream place more descriptive then before, after a few minutes Candy states. “I ought to of shot that dog myself George.” This quote tells us that Candy wanted to kill the dog himself because he would’ve known how to kill the dog and how to burry the dog correctly because he has empathy towards his dog. This reflects on how friendships, teach people of empathy towards another person.Lennie was back turned to look at the river while George faced a gun directly at Lennie’s neck, but before shooting he states of how he is feeling. “I ain’t never been mad before quickly ending the conversation “he brought the
Both ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘I’m Not Scared’ are stories discussing the theme of dreams and reality. The tough life that the characters are facing in both stories has life-altering impact on their dreams. The friendship of the characters, the betrayal and innocence of major characters show the audience that reaching ‘the dream’ is not easy. ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘I’m Not Scared’ explain the powerful depiction of life; the honesty compared to disloyalty and the cruelty which is faced by characters, showing the audience that a strong ideology can sometimes become real, and can even put strong casualties and impacts. Both ‘I’m Not Scared’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ show the existing relationships between the main characters are influenced by their own dreams.
Throughout the story, the mask is revealed and the reader gets to see that what may look scary and evil, can be something very different on the inside. This story shows that the evil may be what you thought was the good, and what you thought was good was the evil. But, this also depends on the reader’s personal opinions, creating it a grey zone.The battle between good and evil also relates to our world today, outside of literature. As I stated in the above paragraph, the definition of good and evil is a brey zone; especially in the present state of the world. There are so many crazy things going on in this world that people do not understand.
In a sense George puts down Lennie for his own safety too because if he had of remained alive he would've most likely suffered a worser fate. Steinbeck further presents the idea of Lennie being "put down" when Candys dog is shot by Carlson. This foreshadows Lennies fate as the dog is shot just as Lennie is at the end of the novella. This could of influenced George's decision to kill Lennie, as he see's Candys dog being shot and he see's the aftermath of the effect that it has on candy. I think this will of made George's decision easier as he knows that it's the best thing for Lennie.
It was a realization that Candy was going to get fired, so he attached himself to George 's plan, only so he did not end up fired and without work. The relation of the quote "The best laid schemes o ' mice an ' men, [often go awry]." does relate to Of Mice and Men for the plans that all the major characters had. the examples given were George and his independence. Lenny and his plan to live with George, tending to the soft animals.
To say this as kind as possible, George’s dreams were in an uncrackable safe and Lennie was the safe itself. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, was my favorite story that I read this year. The characters were interesting and there wasn’t a lot of characters either, which I liked. I also enjoyed the plot twist at the end and probably wouldn’t have ever saw it coming if I didn’t have it spoiled for me. In the story, I found it ironic that the two people traveling with each other would be complete opposites of each other.
In addition, the book does not present George as having enjoyed killing Lennie, in fact, it is quite the opposite. After killing Lennie, George is stiff and numb, and Slim, a farmhand, decides to take him for a drink. Of Mice and Men should be read in schools and be available in libraries, not banned from people’s access. The sympathetic characters, compelling plot, and a strong companionship that runs throughout the book are all positive aspects of keeping this book available to read. Throughout their journeys, Lennie and George hoped that they could acquire a small farm, and this hope brought them through many difficult times together.
He is a kind, innocent man that loves Jem and Scout as if they were his own. The town views Boo as a monster, but as he leaves gifts for the children and mends Jem’s pants, the reader begins to see his true nature and learns that he is misjudged by society. Boo also saves the lives of Jem and Scout. In the process of saving the kids, Boo had to kill Bob Ewell. By killing Mr. Ewell; Boo Radley killed his innocence.
Seen throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, the character development of the main character, Lennie, was changing to a more violent and uncontrollable human, and foreshadowed his death. Since Lennie killed Curley’s wife he was a fugitive, and anyone who killed him is just. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character George is justified in killing Lennie because of his actions caused by his disabilities allowing for a better life. George’s decision on killing Lennie was the right one. Lennie had no judgment on whether or not something was legal because of his mental illness.