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Disappointment In Of Mice and Men

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Coursework Essay- Disappointment drives the events in the novel. Discuss how this disappointment contributes to the overall tragedy. The disappointment created by Steinbeck in Of Mice and Men appears to be intentional and several characters seem to depict it throughout the novel. Some of the early books by Steinbeck are also focused on disappointment and loneliness. Steinbeck is essentially referring to the 1930s events in leading to the Great Depression. Also, the plot of this novel has been derived from The American Dream. This is a dream of a land with limited opportunities which are the same for everyone. Basically, people dreamed of a better life. They wanted to escape poverty and find newer land with better opportunities. The USA Declaration of Independence (1776) states that "all men are created equal" and are gifted with "unalienable rights". ...read more.


These are the main reasons for his disappointment. He is old and weak with a non deserving future ahead of him. His name is actually ironic as his life is anything but sweet. The only people he is actually good friends with are George and Lennie, otherwise he dislikes all other people in the ranch because of his unfair treatment and given job. In the past, his hand got caught in a machine. It was his right hand, known to be his strongest. After that he became useless. He is on the whole powerless like his dog. When his dog gets shot by Carlson, it is really "goodbye old friend" for him. Candy says ""I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. ...read more.


He later says that "I ain't much good, but I could cook and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some." He is really showing interest in this dream. Even ready to give them all his money and do all the chores for them. Sadly, dreams in this novel do not come true for anyone. After Curley's Wife dies because of Lennie's uncontrollable hands around her neck, Candy considers their dream to be dead. This is because he knows that Curley will get angry and probably kill Lennie. He also is reminded about his dead dog. At the end, their dream is over because George shoots Lennie and refuses to share it with Candy. So, Lennie is a major character in terms of disappointment as he appears to be lonely at the end of the novel as well as in the beginning. He all in all gets nowhere in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Raphae Memon 10B English ...read more.

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