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
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937…
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The story “of mice and men” by John Steinbeck is about the great depression times. Times when people worked eleven hours or more. Back when people hustle work when possible, people lived on a hand to mouth life.
When Lennie was kicked out of weed, Lennie and George went a few miles south where there are green hillsides, golden sands in the sunlight, and warm waters. George and Lennie worked in a field bucking barley under the hot sun. This area had plenty of sunshine but…
Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis
Everyone at some point in their life has been or knows someone who has experienced loneliness. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author Mr. Steinbeck incorporates many different themes. A major theme is how loneliness affects everyone is some type of way wether it is one of our main characters in George, a female in Curley's wife, or some one of a different race in Crooks. This comes to show loneliness affects everyone regardless of age, sex,…
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"Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (38). Of Mice and Men is a genius book written by John Steinbeck. The book itself has many themes. This paper is going to focus on loneliness. Steinbeck does a good job showing loneliness among people.
The character Crooks, the stable buck, is lonely. He was black. Because he is black, he doesn’t get to hang out with the other…
English- Control Assessment
‘Of Mice and Men’
Of Mice and Men is a short novel written by the author John Steinbeck, in which he explores the themes of friendship and loneliness. Following the lives of the 1930s ranch workers, and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’ and how events can conspire against the realization of ones dreams. For, Steinbeck’s characters, the dream of land represents independence and honour, George and…
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 is…
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 story…
Name- Rusha Srinjayi Sen
Grade – 9
Subject – English
Teacher – Mr.Kent
Date – Thursday 20th, November 2014.
Of Mice and Men Summative Essay
Question : Explain the value of relationships in this story, and how this contrasts to the problem of loneliness. Be sure to include insight about the value of this idea in society.
Written by John Stienback, Of Mice and Men, is a story about two uncommon friends, George and Lennie who travel and work from place to place so that they can earn enough money…
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men is a book written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The book Of Mice and Men is about two men named George and Lennie. George is a smart but smaller man, whereas Lennie is very big and strong but has a mental disability. They find work at a ranch but soon find themselves in a dangerous situation when Lennie has accidentally killed the wife of Curley, who is their boss’s son. Curley vows to kill Lennie, but before he is able to do so George chooses to take the life of his…
In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, he introduces his audience to a band of characters that all want one thing: “The American Dream.” In this 1950s, the American dream was owning a house, having a dog, two kids, and a loving wife. During the 1930s, the dream was quite different –surviving was the dream. Using characters such as Lennie and George, as futile as it is, is extremely powerful because even though there is no chance that they can fulfill their…