It clearly portrays the uncertainty and struggle associated with living during the Great Depression. Thus, both the novella and the poem explain that human dreams for a great future are subject to circumstance and fate, which most of the time collude against human success in life leaving only a trace of broken dreams, pain and misery. Steinbeck inclines to unravel the plight of two migrant workers with a dream to purchase their own land in the future, where they plan to rear rabbits and keep livestock. As reality dawns on the two men, their lifestyle proves not to be as easy as they think. George states, “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.
George would normally play this card game by himself or either with Carlson and Slim. All men on the ranch are lonely including Curley’s wife even though she has Curely as his husband. But they have no communication at all. She is controlled by Curley making her lonely. He doesn’t let her speak to anybody.
In fact, Crooks protects himself by acting like a "proud and aloof man. "(67) The full extent of Crooks's suffering is made clear in chapter 4 when Crooks lashes out at Lennie. Viewing Lennie as a symbol of all the white men who had hurt him, Crooks strikes out in anger, saying "You got no right to come in my room...Nobody got any right in here but me. "(68) Steinbeck states that "Crooks's face lighted with pleasure in his torture. "(71) Crooks's anger, though, is really just a cover for the pain he experiences from constant isolation.
Character Study from Of Mice and Men After reading the novel I have understood that many characters had dream. The book Of Mice and Men was set in the depression of the 1930's in California where Men travelled around looking for any work they could find, they had to leave families and homes just to make money. The novel shows that people who lived on ranches were lonely. These were depressing and desperate times, no hope and no future. George and Lennie: George and Lennie being migrant ranch workers like several other Americans in those had a dream.
Steinbeck emphasises loneliness, powerlessness, and isolation, and his hatred for it throughout the book. He contrasts this with the companionship of George and Lennie. They are the only men who actually travel together, and this is proved by the way everyone is suspicious of their friendship, for example when they come to get the job at the ranch the boss says: “you got a stake in him? !” He thinks that George must be taking Lennie’s pay because it is so unusual. If not for each other, then George and Lennie would be all alone, with no friends, like all the men like them, who are itinerant workers - working from ranch to ranch without making any friends, and living a solitary life.
All three are treated in a cruel manner at one point or another in the novel. Crooks is an older black man with a crooked back, who lives by himself in the barn. He was asked not to bother the whites, and to stay out of their way, and so therefore he requests that no one bother him. Being the only African American on the ranch, the reader begins to question racism and prejudice. Were the others racist toward Crooks?
I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs,’” (p.60) This proves that Candy’s dog is another symbol and he symbolizes Candy himself because this is basically Candy realizing that he's weak and not really important to anyone on the farm; he has no more power than his dog, who was shot. Candy is trying to convince George to allow him to go with him to the dream ranch because, not only does Candy have the $350 to put the down payment on the farm, but he's willing to work there since no one is going to help him, and he's going to get fired soon.
This results in no family or friends. No friendships have left a void in these people’s lives, leaving them without any drive or support. This weighs down the migrant workers making the American Dream nearly impossible for these very lowly people. Candy is pitied, always alone. Crooks is the only black man on the ranch separated by segregation and his disability.
Furthermore, Simon is brave ... ... middle of paper ... ...I’m like Ralph But cannot do anything I’m just babbling Piggy is the only one who says what boys have to do instead of just playing. However, he is disappointed that they don’t listen to him, and even many boys become frenzied and harass him harshly. Even at the end of the book, readers don’t know what Piggy’s real name is. If I were Piggy, I would be really angry and think how life might be I had good health and good eyesight. Jack despises Piggy because of his asthma and appearance.
George and Lennie always remind each other that they are different than the other ranch hands because “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (Steinbeck 14). They stand out among the other migrant workers because they are not lonely. They have a companionship. Steinbeck inserts this relationship in his novel because it is complicated, yet it is also very simple. George claims that he does not need Lennie because he can go off on his own and be just like all of the other migrant workers of this time period; however, if George went off on his own he would be just like all of the other migrant workers, lonely.They have a friendship because of their long history and neither of them leave one another because they are both scared of being alone.