In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs. But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their
The definition of a sympathetic character is one whom the writer expects the reader to identify with and care about, though not necessarily admire. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Curley’s wife, a main character in the book is blatantly portrayed as an unsympathetic character. This is because they only see her through the men's eyes, who only see her as a tiresome object, owned by her husband. Steinbeck’s portrayal of Curley’s wife is unfair and misogynistic because he only displays her as unintelligent and promiscuous, never has a character have a turning point where they realize she’s more than an object, and he never reveals her true name.
Survival is often introduced as a concept of endurance, persistence and perseverance, a textbook idea about simply living or dying. At the inception of human life, merely surviving was imperative and existence was something that humans fought for on a daily basis. But, as we flourish independently, as societies and as a race, the concept of survival is warped, and growth as an individual, as well as coping with everyday hardships and not just traditional examples of adversity such as poverty and destitution are prime examples of survival. In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, the reader is presented with the idea that survival is not synonymous to staying alive, and moreover, that cultural and societal struggles shape self in accordance with the way we face them.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” says Abraham Lincoln. I personally agree with this idea, for many reasons which include the following. The first reason I agree with this idea, because it shows in Of Mice and Men, when Curley's wife knows she has power so, she presents her real character by using racism on Crooks, calling Candy old, and calling Lenny stupid. Without power she would be absent, fearful, and desperate, which would tuck away her real character.
People who face great odds will hang on to hope, however, many will lose it to the cruel reality they live in. This is the story told in the novel, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. In this novel, Lennie and George are traveling bindle stiffs who experience the losses that come with the Great Depression, and the hope of others that is dashed by the death of one person. This theme of hope and loss is shown through Curley's wife, Candy, and George.
The novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is about two men's struggles to find a way to make a living in California during the 1930s. One of the characters, George, helps take care of his mentally disabled friend, Lennie, as they work on a ranch to get enough money to buy their own plot of land. One theme that emerged from the story is that lacking resources often leave a persons desires unfulfilled because George and Lennie lack stability and wealth. Also George lacks the resources to teach Lennie how to control himself.
American Dream is the idea that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work and determination. George is important to the story because he teaches and helps Lennie do the right thing, due to his mental disability, Lennie doesn’t know right from wrong. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George expresses to Lennie throughout the story that you can get anything you want, with the hard work you put toward it.
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck reveals that the presence of hope ensures success in life, but also that the lack of hope can lead to downwards spiral. Steinbeck demonstrates this in the final chapters of the book, as more is learned about the individual backstories of each character. The first character that’s revealed was Crooks, who explains his history at the ranch to Lennie, saying, “‘I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches,.... An’ never a God damn one of ‘em ever gets it.’”(74). Overtime, by seeing countless examples of men having dreams that they never achieved, Crooks begins to believe that there is no hope or chance for anybody’s success, especially him. He continues to believe this, staying at
One’s fantasies usually end up as just that, fantasies. In Of Mice and Men both Lennie and George have the same fantasy, one which seems great and to an extent even seems achievable, but due to the nature of Lennie and George, it simply cannot be reached. These limitations range anywhere from Lennie’s lack of intelligence and excessive strength to the scarcity of jobs in the area. Although both George and Lennie truly believed in their dream and did their best to achieve it, it was just not reachable. Sadly, these limitations are not always visible to the human eye, this means people will work hard, and work for a long time when a path will only ever lead them back to the same spot where they were before. This theme is seen through the entire novella, George and Lennie end up the same way the book started, Lennie’s lack of self-control caused Lennie to make a mistake once again, and again it made Lennie’s life be threatened. Lennie’s and George’s dream was not an uncommon neither, as Crooks states, "I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an ' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an ' that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an ' they quit an ' go on; an ' every damn one of 'em 's got a little piece of land in his head. An ' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it.", and by the end of the novella, both George and Lennie are doomed to the same fate as anyone who has had the same dream as them(74). Just as anyone in this age as time, their fantasies were limited by
Loneliness is something no living thing wants, unfortunately for Crooks and Curley's wife they feel lonesome. Crooks is a black colored man, he is not allowed to go in the bunk house or around the house because he is a “negro”. He owns many objects that a bindlestiffs would obtain, he owns a copy of the california civil code for 1905, and books and magazines.In Chapter 4 John steinbeck exports Crooks in loneliness; Crooks clearly states he is lonely in chapter 4 by saying “ A guy goes nuts if he got nobody. Don't make a difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, he cried, I tell ya a guy gets lonely an’ he gets sick”(72-73). Crooks is explaining to poor Lenny after Crooks hurt him or angered him by saying George would not
[A] Wishing for something and not being able to have it can make a person disappointed or despondent. [B] Three people, with different backgrounds and different stories, all have low points that made them doubt the success of their journey. An ordinary man with a threat of losing his job, children trying to survive from a murderous person, and two old-styled country folk trying to live up to the American dream. [C] Although the low points were ragged and rough, they fought through and held on tightly to their hopes, dreams, and goals. [D] Hopes, Dreams, and Goals encourage people to push forward in times of doubt.
Halfway through Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses dialogue to demonstrate the theme of the loneliness and human companionship felt by the ranchers.
"We're born alone we live alone die alone. Only through love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone” Orson Welles. The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck I believe Steinbeck puts attention on the loneliness of the California ranch workers life during the 1930s around the Great Depression. An important thing in life is to have a friend, without friends or other people to connect with people suffer from loneliness. Not everyone in the book, Of Mice and Men, has the same connection and unique friendship like George and Lennie do but they all seek a connection with other people and things. The book, Of Mice and Men, is about two men, Lennie and George, who have to keep traveling from farm to farm because Lennie has a tendency to get into big trouble because of his child like mind. This book takes place at a farm that is George and Lennie's final destination before they make their big dream come true. There at the farm they meet other farmers that they develope feelings for.
Of mice and men is a prominent book read by most high school students for a long time. Of mice and men is a book written by John Steinbeck. In the book George and Lennie had to run out of weed, so they looked for a ranch to work on. Lennie had issues with liking soft things that lead to him killing Curley's’ Wife and a puppy. To express that the american dream is impossible to achieve Steinbeck uses conversations, conflicts, and events.
Personally, I believe that the author included these themes in the book to express the intended message that the author is trying to communicate with the readers. The themes help to connect all parts of the novels together. For example, the themes connect the characters, conflicts and plot of the