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Explore the ways the writer presents relationships between Characters in Of Mice and Men

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Kowsar Farah English Coursework Explore the ways the writer presents relationships between Characters in ?Of Mice and Men? ________________ Of Mice and Men takes place in an agricultural labor setting, based in California. This is the kind of setting in which Steinbeck himself grew up. The novel was published in 1937. Steinbeck was interested in highlighting social issue which he experienced himself. It is in this context that of Mice and Men, take place. Steinbeck was fascinated with the nights of the round table which, in folk law, were said to be on a quest to find the Holy Grail. In several of Steinbeck?s books, his characters are engaged in a quest for something akin to a Holy Grail. For George and Lennie, this Holy Grail represents the pursuit of a dream; for a ranch of their own, where they can live in happiness and security. George and Lennie are exceptionally united by their shared dream of a better life on a farm where they can ?live off the fatta the lan?,? as Lennie describes. George articulates this vision by repeatedly telling the ?story? of the future farm to his fellow companion. ...read more.

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This is particularly apparent where? The first man <George> stopped short and the following <Lennie> nearly ran over him.? Steinbeck uses animal imagery to illustrate his characters and the friendship between them, this emphasises a bumbling lack of intelligence and intellect on Lennie?s part. Lennie is alikened to an animal whose allegiance is to its owner; his physical movements are compared to that of a bear as, ?Lennie is seen heavily dragging feet?. The way a bear draggers? his paws.? A further example of this comparison between Lennie and an animal can be found in the scene in which Lennie, ?flung himself down and drank?.?Lennie, for god?s sake don?t drink so much?. This is implying that Lenny is like a bear and that he?ll drink until he is physically sick. This suggests that George has to care for Lennie so he doesn?t get ill; this means that again, we see Lennie relying on George to care for him. The theme of loneliness is expressed through George and Lennie?s relationship. Early on in the novel George says, ?If I was alone I could live so easy.? This is ironic however; George relies on Lennie?s Braun and brute strength, to make up for his own lackings in this department. ...read more.

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to leave Curley this could be due to the fact that she was married to a man with a house, a great job and money. Possessions like this added to the power Curley had over her. The only type of power Curley?s wife had, which is recognized through the novel, is power over Curley?s mind. Curley?s wife often would wander off and flirt with the male workers on the ranch, and being the beautiful woman that she was, men would take notice. The thought of this scared Curley and would often stress him out, resulting in him constantly looking for her. The reason why she married Curley because her dream was to be an Actress, her dream was then crushed into little piece by her controlling mother. Curley and his wife use each other for their personal problems which is why the relationship is mostly based around. To conclude, Steinbeck?s novel is more structured by the use of relationship?s which are portray by the different characters and their personalities, each of these represent their society. John Steinbeck expertly portrays the theme of loneliness in ?of the mice and Men? in an interesting and original manner. ?Of the mice and Men? has a huge role in George and Lennie relationship, curly and his Wife. ...read more.

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