• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck presents a society entirely dominated by the idea of capitalism. Explore the novel in the light of this statement.

Extracts from this document...


?In ?Of Mice and Men?, Steinbeck presents a society entirely dominated by the idea of capitalism.? Explore the novel in the light of this statement. America in the 1930s- completely torn at the hinges, socially, economically and politically. This was of course, the monumental Great Depression. Steinbeck took great inspiration from this period, spending time with a group of migrant workers exiled by the Dust Bowl for a San Francisco News series. He felt passionately about the in just of this situation, "They are men who have worked hard on their own farms and have felt the pride of possessing and living in close touch with the land.? From this, we can see the links between his experiences, and those within the ranch in the novel. ...read more.


The simplicity of the description makes the characters immersed in it in turn seem incredibly simple and soulless. Regime and conformity is reinforced by ?rectangular?, making the habitat seem clinical, boxed?inescapable, full of these sharp, shape like obstacles which the capitalist government use to keep the proletariat moving up to try and climb over them- but they can?t, instead fall head first, then starting the cycle again. Alliteration in ?walls were whitewashed? create a quavering like phonology- devoid of passion and spirit, mirror the atmosphere of the bunk house. ?Eight? and ?five? suggest a place that is mostly concerned with numbers, with branding and monitoring, symbolizing America as a whole at this time- which was consumed by power and money. ...read more.


Two obvious comparisons are the alliteration in ?walls were whitewashed? in Chapter Two, and ?water is warm?, producing a soothing, open ambience that is care-free and sensual. Karl Marx?s opinion was that class system is a social construct?there is nothing natural about it, ?The representation of private interests ... abolishes all natural and spiritual distinctions by enthroning in their stead the immoral, irrational and soulless abstraction of a particular material object and a particular consciousness which is slavishly subordinated to this object.? Throughout the novel there is a theme of nature vs. manmade- natural equates to freedom, no rules or stress, and manmade symbolizes restriction, control and diminishing one another. To Lenny especially, the drastic transition from the Brush, surrounded by luscious mountains and space, to the bunk house?a cramped, bleak dungeon?Lenny finally has a taste of reality- something he hasn?t yet been confronted with. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    He points the gun at Alm�sy and says he has just heard that they have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. He blames Alm�sy, as a representative of the English, for all of the terrible things the west has done to Asia.

  2. Wuthering Heights Setting

    The lock is found unlocked at the end of the book when Lockwood unlocks the mystery of Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff's past. This lock also symbolizes the grasp Heathcliff has on Catherine for his revenge plan. When Catherine's hat falls on the other side of the wall, she has to go and retrieve it and climbs over into Wuthering Heights.

  1. Setting and Atmosphere in Bleak House and The Woman in White

    this is of great significance due to how chaotic and unclear the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case really is. By doing this Dickens shows how law suits and cases were so messed up in the 1800s (Bleak house was written between March 1852 and September 1853 in twenty monthly installments).

  2. Awakenings and Changes in Consciousness

    her 'nervous, soft, tender' husband, to reality - these awakenings are experienced rather passively, leaving Blanche to take a back seat in her own life. This lack of control equally is seen simply through her character; her lack of a limit when drinking, for example, or her endless cathartic baths.

  1. Gatsby is more a ruthless criminal than an irresponsible dreamer(TM) How far do you ...

    Once Nick knows of this, Gatsby uses Jordan to persuade Nick to arrange tea between her and Gatsby. Jordan says to Nick in chapter IV that he is 'just supposed to invite her to tea'. The way in which Gatsby appears to have planned this all shows how he created

  2. Structure of the Novel The Mayor of the Casterbridge

    No matter how hard he tries to pull them back to him, he fails. Thus, Henchard feels dejected and performs self-seclusion and ultimately dies in vain. With these, it is shown that Fate is so overwhelming that it can be shape-shifted into the form of human, determines to bring Henchard down.

  1. Views on the penal System: The Dungeon and The Convict

    Both natural light and intellectual light (appreciation of nature) could be implied here. Furthermore the short, broken sentences implying a sad sense of slow rejection contrast with the languid flowing sentences of the first stanza. The description of the convict himself accentuates Wordsworth's antagonistic feelings about the system of punishment.

  2. In Omeros and Till We Have Faces how do the authors explore the idea ...

    Pete Lowman proposes the idea that Orual ?is merely a moral exemplum of egoism masked as love? Like Till We Have Faces, Omeros also features this idea of obsessive love. When first read one would believe it was jealousy and the want of love and acceptance from Helen that fuelled

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work