In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck shows us that people can be brutal. However, he also shows us that people are capable of great generosity and kindness. Curley and Carlson are truly brutal people who seem to care little for the welfare of others. They both seem to be fond of physical violence and are oblivious to the needs of others. Slim and George, on the other hand are far from brutal. They are both sensitive and insightful men who show great concern for those around them. Curley is the most brutal character on the ranch. He uses violence to overcome his insecurity about his size. When George and Lennie first arrive at the ranch, Candy warns them about Curleys habit of picking fights with big men. Curley imagines that if he fights a big man, hell either impress the other workers by winning the fight, or at the very least hell attract their sympathy if he loses. Steinbeck encourages us to see this as a cowardly act. In possibly the most brutal act of the novel, Curley attacks Lennie for smiling at him. Steinbeck explains how Curley slashed at Lennie with his left and then smashed down his nose with his right. In many ways, Lennie is the most defenceless character in the novel. He is, as Slim explains, jes like a kid. Had George not been there to tell Lennie to defend himself, Curley would have beaten him to a pulp. Unfortunately Lennie is not the only character who suffers because of Curleys brutality. Curley is also very mean to his wife. He refuses to let her talk to the other men and is constantly checking up on her to see if she is cheating on him. Its tempting to see Curleys wife as a trouble-maker and a tart. By the end of the novel, however, Steinbeck shows us that it was her ache for attention that drove her to flirt with other men. Curleys wife tells Lennie that she doesnt like Curley. She says he aint a nice fella. At one point, Curleys wife is looking for Curley in the bunk house. When Slim tells her I seen him goin in your house she becomes suddenly apprehensive. This suggests that she is frightened of her husband, the man she is supposed to love. Curley, however, is not the only brutal man on the ranch. Carlson is extremely callous and insensitive. He places his own comfort ahead of everything else. His determination to kill Candys dog illustrates this perfectly. Some might argue that Carlson just wanted to stop the dog from suffering, but it is far more likely that he wanted to kill him because he stank. He complains to Candy that the dogs stink hangs around even after hes gone. When he takes the dog out to shoot it, Slim has to remind him to take a shovel. Carlson didnt even think of burying the dogs body. He would have left it lying where he shot it. Carlson is also extremely fond of violence. When Curley decides to shoot Lennie, Carlson quickly offers to get his Luger. When Lennie is eventually killed, Carlson cant understand why George and Slim are upset. Like many of the men who worked on ranches in the Great Depression, Carlson had become selfish and hurtful. Living in a cruel world made him indifferent to the suffering of others, but not all of Steinbecks characters are like that. George is an incredibly generous, patient and understanding man. When George is talking to Slim in the bunk house, he confesses that Lennie is a God damn nuisance most of the time. Lennie is constantly forgetting things and he often gets them into serious trouble. When Lennie complains about the fact that they dont have any ketchup for their beans, George shouts, You crazy son-of-a-bitch. You keep me in hot water all the time. Life would be much simpler for George if he didnt have to look after Lennie, but he perseveres with him because he loves him. He keeps his work cards, he feeds him, he makes sure that he doesnt get sick and he takes care of him when he is sad or upset. At the end of the novel, when Lennie accidently kills Curleys wife, George says to Lennie, I never been mad and I aint now. Thats a thing I want ya to
In the novella Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck loneliness is a key theme and many characters show this trait. These characters are Curley’s wife, Crooks, Slim, George and Candy. Curley’s wife shows loneliness by always complaining about not being able to talk to anyone and she pesters everyone to talk to her. Crooks shows loneliness be talking to Lennie about what he would do if George didn’t come back from town and he is also the only black person there on the ranch (shows it is what Crooks
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A persons ability to have total and complete freedom can be limited by the responsibilities he has in his life. Throughout Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, characters struggle to balance their desire for freedom and their responsibilities to others. George has a lot of responsibilities in the novel. He feels he has responsibility to look after Lennie, putting restrictions on Georges life. George at the end, has responsibility because he feels responsible for Lennie and
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As a result from the Wall Street Crash in the world’s stock markets, 1930’s America had become a place of isolation and hardships. It was during this period that author John Steinbeck set his novel “Of Mice and Men” in attempt to highlight the struggle of man’s desperate search for work in which the compassionate nature of men was lost. This made loneliness almost inevitable because every man was trapped in their own hole trying to dig their way out.
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On October 29 1929, millions of dollars were wiped out in an event that became to be known as the Wall Street Crash. This led to the Depression in America which crippled the country. People lost their life savings when firms and banks went bust. Shares became worthless and many people had all of their money in them. 12-15 million men and women went unemployed. Food was short and the
Many people have friends that contribute to their own destructions, but sometimes doing what’s right for the both of you may be easier said than done. Many people may not agree with Georges decision to kill Lennie at the end of the novel , Of Mice And Men, however throughout the entire book, the author, John
Steinbeck, included several reasons that support the fact George had no other choice . It doesn’t take a lot to see why George had to kill Lennie. He consistently stayed in
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It’s ok for mercy killing because, most of the time people can tell if someone is miserable so as long as you’re just putting them out of their misery it is ok. Mercy killing is ok in many ways. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck suggests that mercy killing is ok.
Mercy killing is acceptable because you’re just
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Every writer reveals their novel’s characters in different ways. Authors decide to show the characteristics of characters through either indirect or direct characterization. John Steinbeck wrote the famous book Of Mice and Men which is one of American literature’s tragic stories. Steinbeck does a good job in using indirect characterization to describe George Milton in his book Of Mice and Men. I would like touch
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck
In Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, friendship becomes very valuable early on. Lennie and George are seen as an odd pair since no two men usually travel together, but as the story goes on their friendship is what so many of the ranch workers long for. The characters that Lennie and George run into are hard and tough men but even though they put up walls against others, they want a friend just like Lennie has George and vice versa. We can see that the friendship Lennie and George bring to the
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John Steinbeck was born on February the 27th 1902 and died one December the 20th, 1968. He was a famous American writer. He is mostly known for his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ which he published in 1939. He is also known for ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’. He was the writer of twenty-seven books, sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories, he also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.