Journey– “Of Mice and Male” by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Journey is a term that suggests travel, which can provide new insights, experiences, cultures and perspectives. Journeys can have positive or negative impacts, as we see in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Guy”. In the novel, the author takes us into the American wilderness, and we journey with the characters as they deal with the various difficulties and barriers that emerge as they attempt to attain the ‘terrific American dream’– calming down and farming their own land.
The physical element of journey in this novel was the taking a trip– George and Lennie running away from Weed due to the fact that of something Lennie had done, and looking for work on another cattle ranch. The inner and emotional journeys were far more significant, and we see the changes in the characters from the very first time we’re presented to them. The characters that carry out the most substantial journeys would be George and Sweet. At the start of the unique, George was Lennie’s best friend and protector, but at the end, he had to end Lennie’s life.
From the very start, Steinbeck provides Lennie as an animal like figure with very little intelligence, “dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws”, “snorting into the water like a horse”, and throughout the unique, occasions construct the state of mind up for the awful ending– very first it was the girl in Weed, then the dead mouse, then Lennie eliminated the young puppy, then the fight where he squashed Curley’s hand, and lastly– he eliminated Curley’s better half. Throughout the whole journey, George was there with Lennie, guiding him along and getting him out of difficulty.
After Lennie eliminated Curley’s other half, George lastly realized that this could not be permitted to go on any longer– Lennie lacked control over his strength and if he didn’t do something, these catastrophes would just keep following them wherever they went. Another character who went through a significant journey was Sweet, the disabled, separated, unhappy, lonely and insecure old man. Sweet’s solitude is greatly attributed to the loss of his hand and his age. He thinks he is an useless old male who, like his old dog, is simply running out.
When Sweet’s dog was shot, he began questioning what would occur to him when he might no longer work. Nobody would put him out of his torment like they did his dog; he would just be delegated take care of himself out on the streets. When Sweet found out about George and Lennie’s dream, he got exited and begun thinking that his future could be excellent. With the money he received from the accident where he lost his hand, Candy bought into the dream. However when Lennie eliminated Curley’s other half, Candy recognized that the dream wasn’t going to take place– his hopes were shattered and he was once again directionless and alone.
The primary themes of the text include journeys, friendship, loneliness, challenges and dreams. The themes of relationship and loneliness are embodied by the characters and their relationships on the ranch. The majority of the males do not think in relationship during the depression due to the fact that it was each male for himself and they couldn’t afford to fend for another individual. This is why they all discovered George and Lennie taking a trip together downright suspicious. The friendship that George and Lennie have enables them to dream, and thus, have hope, and without hope, there is no journey.
On the ranch, Curley’s spouse, Crooks and Candy represent castaways in society. Curley’s spouse represents females during the depression, Crooks represents African Americans, and Candy represents toe disabled and elderly. Curley’s other half is avoided since the males on the ranch do not wish to get involved in a battle with Curley. Being African American, Crooks is isolated, and Sweet is thought about as useless as his dead canine who was his only friend. The style of outcasts is constantly significant as we frequently understand the castaways or underdogs.
Likewise, it is typically the castaways who undergo the most difficult journeys. Journeys are presented throughout the text through importance, a circular ending, dreams, challenges, and the physical aspect of journey. John Steinbeck uses nature as a caution or omen, similar to the method numerous Shakespearean texts control nature. If Mother Nature is at peace, then all is at peace. If Mother Nature is interfered with by storms and such, then all hell break out and something extreme is going to take place. This is shown in “the Salinas river drops in near to the hill-side bank and runs deep and green.
The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunshine prior to reaching the narrow swimming pool” This extract is a charming description of nature at the start of the text which was used to convey a serene and natural scene. In contrast, at the end of the unique, “The shadow in the valley was bluer, and the evening came quickly. One the wind the noise of crashing in the brush came to them.” This time, the description of nature is aggressive and damaging. Nature appears threatening in this scenario. Stenibeck uses this to reveal us that something will definitely fail.
The circular ending advises us that there has actually been a journey throughout the text. It compares completion with the beginning and emphasizes the development accomplished. The image of the Salinas river is repeated in the ending to represent a full circle. John Steinbeck utilizes the American dream as a sort of trigger or sense of drive for George and Lennie. The American dream gives them hope, and something to work for, hence a reason to reside in the severe conditions of the depression. “Some day– we’re gon na get the jack together and we’re gon na have a little home and a couple acres an’ a cow and some pigs. The main principle of journey expressed through the text is that they don’t constantly end up as planned, and although having a dream is important, it does not always work out the method you desire it to. Journeys are inevitable, and once you make a decision, it’s hard to reverse, so the best you can do is to attempt and make great options. The emotional effect of these journeys often sticks with you for life, whether you desire it to or not, as shown in “Of Mice and Male”– the psychological impact of having to kill Lennie will stick with George for ever.