Of Mice And Male by John Steinbeck
Writers throughout history have actually often written about the predicament in which the American people have needed to endure. John Steinbeck, a prominent author during the 1940’s and 1930’s, focused primarily on the lives and problems of migrant workers. His novels hit near home, not just for himself, however for thousands across the country. Steinbeck received inspiration, along with the title, for his novel Of Mice and Men from a Robert Burn’s poem. This poem is the underlying frame of his book.
In his unique, Of Mice and Guy, John Steinbeck champs the underdog who, though denied access to the American dream, develops his own coping mechanisms for survival. Of Mice and Male centers around the nomadic way of life of 2 Californian migrant employees; Lennie, who is psychologically retarded, and George, who functions as Lennie’s protector and service provider. Lennie’s condition seems to be a constant threat to the set’s jobs. The book opens with George and Lennie strolling to a new ranch. The reader finds out later that Lennie’s love to touch soft things lost them their last tasks.
They finally show up to the ranch to find friendly, and after that not-so-friendly faces. Among Steinbeck’s purposes for writing Of Mice and Male is to illustrate the trials and adversities particular individuals must get rid of. For Criminals, the African-American stable buck, it is the injustice he faces because of the color of his skin. Steinbeck rather frequently states the extreme conditions under which Crooks must live. “Little skinner name of Smitty took after the ni ** er. Done pretty good, too. The guys would not let him utilize his feet … If he could utilized his feet, Smitty states he woulda killed the ni ** er.” (20) This quote is a prime example of how African-Americans were viewed. However, Crooks holds to some self-respect. “I ain’t sure I desire you in here no more. A colored male got to have some rights even if he don’t like ’em.” (82) Lennie, a main focus of the unique, is a primary character for a reason. Steinbeck uses Lennie’s character in order to show how American society attempted to disregard mental retardation and continued to reside in ignorance about the special needs. Steinbeck portrays Lennie as a continuous problem on George.
He is the cause of their needing to switch jobs. George feels he should talk to employers for Lennie, due to the fact that Lennie is not able to speak wisely for himself. This triggers suspicion in charge, and anger in Curley, in charges son. He maltreats anyone that does not fit his view of the model American, which would include Crooks and Lennie. Curley serves as the instigator throughout the whole of the story. The reader sees this when Curley lastly assaults Lennie. Nevertheless, Lennie breaks Curley’s hand, only after George should inform him too.
In keeping with Burn’s poem, Steinbeck focuses on the American dream, which is so carefully planned but always out of reach. Every character experiences this disease, this inability to attain his/her dream. Curley’s better half misses her opportunity to meet her dream as a starlet, resulting in her dog’s life on the ranch. Scoundrels is unable to accomplish his equivalent status among the guys of the cattle ranch. Even Slim, the well appreciated skinner, does not have anything to call his own and more than likely will stay a cattle ranch worker till his death.
Nevertheless, Slim, unlike the other characters, does not set a dream for himself. He has already pertained to the conclusion that scheming for a better life just results in disappointment. George and Lennie, too, have a dream. “All kin’s a vegetables in the garden, and if we desire a little bourbon we can offer a few eggs or something, or some milk. We ‘d jus’ live there. We ‘d belong there. There would not disappear runnin’ round the nation and gettin’ fed by a Jap cook. No, sir, we ‘d have our own location where we belonged and not oversleep no bunk home. (57 )
This is how George explains his dream. Lennie’s only dream is to stick with George and be able to tend to rabbits, which the two plan to have on their farm sooner or later. Nevertheless, foreshadowing permits the reader to see that George and Lennie are never going to attain this dream.” I seen hundreds of males come by on the roadway an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads … They come, an’ they gave up an’ go on; an’ every damn among ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ’em ever gets it.” (74 )
A large part of George’s dream lies around Lennie. With this in mind, Steinbeck makes it apparent that George will go on wishing fruitless. Closure is finally given the matter at the end of the story. When again Lennie’s urge to touch soft things has actually triggered a problem, however, this time Curley’s spouse is dead with a broken neck as a result. Although this is an accident, the ranch men set out to hound Lennie. George is then forced with a choice, survival or his dream. In the end, George shoots Lennie, consequently shooting away his dream which he strove for all his life.
George and Lennie’s friendship function as a coping mechanism for their rejection to their dream. “I ain’t got no individuals … I seen the people that go around on the cattle ranches alone. That ain’t no excellent. They do not have no fun. After a long time they get indicate. They get wantin’ to fight all the time … ‘Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance the majority of the time … But you get utilized to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t eliminate him.” (41) Lennie is all George has and vice versa. They differ from all the other migrant workers because they have each other.
They have somebody they can depend upon. Even though George repeatedly mentions his life would be much better without Lennie, it is fairly evident just how mentally connected to Lennie he is. Steinbeck utilizes George’s solitaire games as a metaphor. Solitaire indicates alone, representing the loneliness of the other migrant workers. However, when George is forced to shoot Lennie, not just is he getting rid of his dream, he is throwing away his companion, his coping system. After reading this book, one has the ability to see how Steinbeck based his story on that one verse from Burns’s poem.
Everybody has some sort of dream, something they hope to accomplish. But no matter just how much one strategies or plans, it’s never ever enough. As Steinbeck revealed his reader, in the end, things come crashing down. All anybody can do is discover a way to hard it out, in Of Mice and Male, George and Lennie were each others shelters from the storm. Their friendship filled the gap the unfulfilled dream developed. “Due to the fact that … because I got you to care for me, and you got me to take care of you, which’s why.” (14) Regrettably, Steinbeck makes a point of revealing that this, like most things in life, need to concern an end.