New York, NY: Penguin, 1993. Print. Steinbeck, John. "Chapter 05." Of Mice and Men.
It displays affection, emotion, friendship and love, as well as loneliness, discrimination, prejudice and anger. These are all basic human qualities and liabilities, which makes the novel both wonderful and important in a way that few people will ever really understand. Even though I don't know what Steinbeck's inspiration and reason for writing this novel was I personally respect the way in which he sums up such important parts of life in six short chapters. These are the only reasons I found to justify why "Of Mice and Men" should be classed as "great", however there are countless reasons for this novel to be classed as "timeless". The moral issues and difficulties of the people in this book are still relevant in the world today and I feel that people all over the world will be able to empathise on a metaphorical level with George and Lennie's struggles in realising their dream.
S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good.
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck looks at the theme of loneliness as it affects many characters on the ranch. Crooks, Curley's wife, and Candy are the most excluded characters on the ranch, because they all have dreams that they will not be able to live out and they all are at loss when it came to companionship. Crooks is lonely because he is the only black man on the ranch. Since this book is set during the Depression, Jim Crow laws are still in effect, whites and blacks had separate facilities for socializing and living. Crooks comments that he can't live in the bunkhouse, and cant even play cards in there.
There is one character in the book “Of Mice and Men” named Crooks suffers from racism on the farm during the book. On the farm Crooks has to live in a little room inside the barn with one light and read books every day when he wasn’t working. Crooks has a hard living life, he works on a farm as a stable buck, he has to deal with no one around him talking to him, not playing any games with the men, and he has to suffer living in a tiny room by himself. ” S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause you was black. How’d you like that?
to me loneliness is the feeling that you have no one and or nothing that is of value to yourself. In the literature feat known as Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men a picture of loneliness and of loneliness yet to come. Candy loses his dog, Curly’s wife feels alone, which is why she searches for affection from Slim and Lennie. Looking at the book many might not see the loneliness, however I think that loneliness is everywhere in the book.
Some wonder whether George cares for Lennie and a person, or maybe Geo... ... middle of paper ... ...e alone, despite their hardships, despite their connections. In order to establish these ideas Steinbeck develops his characters, the relationships they share, and their interactions. Of Mice and Men is considered a classic novel for a reason. Steinbeck does an excellent job of establishing powerful themes while using unparalleled writing techniques. Steinbeck was able to take his upbringing as the common man and turn it into inspiration for novels.
Candy and Crooks eagerly volunteer to join George and Lennie in their dream in hopes that they can contribute to the welfare of the group and act as one unit, one family. George already shows this kind of selflessness throughout the book in his looking out for Lennie, and, likewise, Lennie's looking out for George. These characters escape their primal, animalistic tendencies to fend for themselves and chose to help each other. Of Mice and Men presents many interesting connections between the animal natures and human natures of its characters. Though most characters display characteristics that could qualify them as bestial, only a few exhibit the drive to rise above this base level of existence and distinguish themselves from their animal nature.
There is plenty of material to compare both characters from Maus and Of Mice and Men to each other, myself, and similar themes that may be deduced through psychoanalytic criticism of the characters. I chose to use George Milton from Of Mice and Men and Vladek Spiegleman from Maus because I appreciated each story. I was interested in the fact that George, a man with no actual connection to Lenny, would choose to stay with him after so many complications and hardships. Especially since these predicaments were caused by Lenny’s actions. Maus Caught my attention at first because it was about the holocaust, but then I discovered it was written in an unusual style.