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How does Steinbeck present characters trapped in Of Mice and Men?

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Of Mice and Men How does Steinbeck present characters trapped in Of Mice and Men? The novel clearly presents different trapped characters and evokes the idea that most Americans in the 1930's were trapped as the novel is a microcosm of American society as the time, Crooks, however, is portrayed the most trapped as he is treated unequally by the other characters. In of mice and men, several characters are presented as trapped which are explored by Steinbeck who displays reasons why they are trapped and the effects of being trapped. One character who is presented as trapped is George. ...read more.

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The dream, a recurring theme in 'Of mice and men' keeps the two men going despite the fact the dream is immediately known to be unattainable by Steinbeck's symbolism. Rabbits are at the very centre of the dream and they are constantly talked about by the two men. Rabbits, in spite of this, seem to avoid the men which symbolises the dream is running away from the men, if not unattainable. The rabbits, in chapter one are used as symbols for the dream and are described as 'stones'. This is very effective as the dream is suggested to be frozen. ...read more.

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As a result of feeling trapped, George overall distances himself from Lennie and continuously dreams about being alone and fulfilling the dream he has always wanted to. Another character which is presented trapped is Crooks because of his race. This leaves crooks volatile and precautious. When Lennie enters Crooks barn, Crooks immediately lashes out at Lennie and exclaims 'you have no right to come in my room'. Clearly, Crooks is volatile because of his race and the situation which was in America at the time. Further, Crooks expresses the clear divide and says he can't play cards because 'I'm black'. Crook is forced to stay away from the other characters on the ranch and is forced to socialise with nobody. Ultimately, I believe the characters which are 'trapped' the most are Crooks and George. ...read more.

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