Their talk about raising cows and drinking their milk, about planting and tending a vegetable garden, contrasts starkly with their actual diet - cans of beans with if they're lucky ketchup. A reader might raise an eyebrow at Steinbeck's simple willingness to pin the role of trouble-maker on one unnamed woman. He seems to be a bit cranky, and unwelcoming. Major examples are the fact that Curley's wife does not have an actual name. But when will I ever use this? Most of the characters are very lonely because they have no family. They may symbolize anything from honesty to sadness.
On its literal surface, it is nothing but red, white, and blue cloth, with stars. Of particular relevance to Of Mice and Men is the question posed in the biblical story of Cain and Abel: Am I my brother's keeper? An allegory is a story, poem or a picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. The relegation of these men to such unrewarding jobs may be cruel, Steinbeck suggests, but so is life. Lennie always does what George tells him. I'll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. He cautions Lennie not to talk to Curley's wife and to stay away from Curley.
Another reason why Curley might be upset is because his hand is broken by Lennie who acts in self-defense when Curley launches an unprovoked attack on him. And though Candy pleads for his pal's life, Carlson won't listen. They show up, do their job, and give little thought to the future. But this only reinforces the sense that such a dangerous, potent, unreflective man cannot continue to operate in the company of others. Although a biblical story, this story is also the basis of John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, which describes Lucifer's Satan's fall from heaven and the creation of hell, as well as Eve and Adam's fall from grace. The symbolism of the loneliness that is associated with the town of Soledad establishes an underlying sense of loneliness in all characters. One important symbol is the pomegranate tree, which represents the childhood friendship of Amir and Hassan.
This state of alienation, according to Marx, can fuel a discontent among the workers that leads to revolution. Women Of Mice and Men depicts very few women - which shouldn't be surprising considering the characters with whom the novel is concerned. They, too, hanker for the freedom of living off the land as one's own master instead of having to constantly struggling to survive from the scraps of a failing society. Therefore, indicates the lack of identity the habitants have. This ain't no good place. He finds Lennie and calms him down, but Lennie asks loads of questions about the house they are going to buy together.
. This is reflected in the book, as Crooks sleeps in the barn and not the bunkhouse with the other men. Furthermore, children always have dreams, which George and Lennie have-The American Dream, which is ironic because they are built and strong men acting like children. It possesses many prominent themes that are evident throughout the whole book. This takes away their humanity and individual personalities.
Curley, in other words, is small not in size alone, but also in his petty actions. But he still kills the dog. Like Eve, Curley's wife is curious about Lennie. Curley and his wife have a loveless marriage, as Curley just treats her as … a possession. I swear you hadda, Come on with me. Even though he says he will kill the animal painlessly, the dog still stands as a of how weaker members of society are disposed of casually by those with more strength.
The other ways Steinbeck gets his message across are through types of segregation — · Racism · Sexism · Ageism Crooks is a black man, who is lonely because the society is racist. Dead, but free from the cruelty of Curley and the rest of the world, which will never understand him. A big guy like you. Various types of animals, for instance, play important roles in the novel. Steinbeck chose these images because they connote particular traits: unleashed power, conscience, and loyalty. The same rule applies just as mercilessly to other characters in the novel, animal and human alike.
Millions of people had no steady income and were forced to travel all around the country in search of a job that might support them for a little while longer. On a large scale, the ranch itself is very isolated, and the only link that the ranch workers have to the outside world are magazines. As his usefulness wanes, Carlson insists on killing the dog. There is a endless cycle and chain of events that cause the annihilation of bounds which leads to tragedies bringing sadness. She uses the excuse of looking for Curley to find some company, but then slips up, admitting she knew where Curley had really went.
Let's examine three major symbols from John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men: Candy's dog, mice, and the dream farm. This ain't no good place. The cruel reality of the world is symbolized by this setting Opposing to the sanctuary of the place by the water, the ranch represents the discrimination Crooks' style of life , insensitivity Candy's dog getting shot for its smell , and fate Lennie getting murdered taking place. Crooks' hands are pink, and Curley's wife's hands have red nails. Candy has several terms of symbolism, for example his disability is a symbol of the migrant workers who are just literally forgotten about, they are forgotten when they are no use to the owners. The symbolism here is clear: Carlson's insistence that the dog must die because it no longer has any value other than sentimental illustrates a law of the farm, and of the book, that any creature that is more trouble than it's worth, whether through mental or physical weakness, cannot be allowed to survive.
Have a student write responses on the board. Even after she has been tragically killed, Candy shouts misogynist insults at her corpse. As it aged, though, it became less useful. The neatness of his stable is a symbol that he is trying to show that he has got the same things as. George's hands are small and strong, the hands of a doer and planner. She wears fancy clothes and nice make up to make her look beautiful and 961 Words 4 Pages People have a tendency to lose sight of their goals and dreams.