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

How is the theme of insecurity developed in the novel 'Of Mice and Men' through the use of characters, language and setting?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How is the theme of insecurity developed in the novel 'Of Mice and Men' through the use of characters, language and setting? 'Of Mice and Men' was written in 1930's America during the Great Depression. The story begins with Lennie and George fleeing there previous work place, the ending is tragic. During the novel we learn about the friendship that Lennie and George share, along with the dreams and ambitions of the other characters. The story is told in third person, this provides us with a clear unbiased view of all the characters. 'Of Mice and Men' was set during The Great Depression, this can show us that most of the characters are insecure and lonely, as they are Itinerant workers, they have no permanent place of work and no house security after the wall street crash. The unemployment rate was high so there was an extreme lack of job security. They have no time build relationships, and no trust for other people. Many of the characters experience insecurity for a variety of reasons. Crooks, the black stable buck feels insecure about his race, this makes him feel he is segregated from the rest as he is the only black person on the ranch, 'Crooks the negro stable buck'. ...read more.

Middle

He compares himself to a dog, like he cannot protect himself, just like his dog that was shot. His only companion was his dog and now he does not have the dog he doesn't have anybody 'when they can me here I wish somebod d shoot me'. We know that Candy is insecure because he seems desperate to join George and Lennie in their dream 'I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more than this' when he fails to join their dream this makes him feels like he has no future. Candy is similar it Crooks, the setting is bare, it is just like a prison, there is no sense of security for him. Curley's wife is the wife of Curley, the bosses son. She is the only women on the ranch and extremely flirtatious with other ranch workers. Being the only women on the ranch she feels she has power over the men, she flirts with them to overcome her insecurity, she tries to cover up that she is insecure, and she marries Curley to escape her loneliness. Everybody thinks that she is dangerous, but she knows more than everybody thinks 'Think I don't know where they all went'. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is constantly asking for Georges approval, he relies on George over everything 'Where we goin', George'. So many of the men on the ranch are insecure because they only have their dreams, they have no real life ambitions that they know will truly happen. They have no job or house security this can make them insecure because they do not have any idea of where their life is going to go, they literally have nothing. They are so insecure because they cannot have relationships or friendships with the other ranch workers, this will make them feel like they cannot be themselves and make them feel alone and on their own. In my opinion George does feel a sense of insecurity at the end of the novel because he does no have Lennie anymore, even though sometimes he did not want Lennie with him at all times 'if I was alone I could live so easy' he still liked him to be there and to know that he had someone that relied on him even if he did not rely on himself. Without Lennie George feels alone just like the other ranch workers did, he will soon become as insecure and enclosed as them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

The essay begins begins well, with an introduction that frames the theme of insecurity within the historical and social context. It continues by examining the roles played by some of the characters and the reasons for their underlying insecurity. The essay peters out, however, before having covered all the characters or having reached any conclusions. Curley is not mentioned in this context, and he is certainly insecure, particularly concerning his short stature and his relationship with his wife.

Paragraph and sentence construction is loose in parts, though quotations are used to good effect and incorporated skilfully into the flow of the text.

3 stars

Marked by teacher Jeff Taylor 10/06/2013

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 GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Steinbeck present ...

    5 star(s)

    ' I didn't mean to scare you. He'll come back'; he doesn't want to be left alone again. Then Crooks tells Lennie how he wishes he could have someone with him like George and Lennie. 'S'pose you didn't have anybody....

  2. Marked by a teacher

    The Slave's dream

    5 star(s)

    'I, too' was written after slavery in America had been abolished, unlike 'The Slave's Dream' which was written for this cause. 'The Slave's dream was trying to change the views on slavery whereas 'I, too' is trying to show white people the will power of blacks and that they will receive justice.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The importance of dreams in of mice and men

    3 star(s)

    guys would want a hand to work for nothing - just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand" He says this because he know that it will probably never happen as he knows reality doesn't allow dreams to become reality.

  2. Write an analysis of the opening chapter of Of Mice and Men. How effective ...

    he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck". Lennie does not learn or understand what is going on, and realise what he is doing is wrong. George and Lennie maintain a very strong relationship as friends.

  1. Of Mice and Men Animal Imagery Chart

    "The way a bear drags his paws." Chapter 1 - When Lennie walks through the brush when we first see him in the novel. Lennie is described as a bear, he drags his feet along like a bear which is also very child-like. He is described as dragging his paws as if, he doesn't want to continue walking.

  2. John Steinbeck wrote the book "Of Mice and Men" in 1936 after Wall Street ...

    Lennie gets upset when people talk about leaving as he has had a lot of that happen to him in his life, with not knowing his parents and his Aunt Clara dying he has become sensitive to that happening and apologizes for whatever has made George say this very quickly.

  1. FRIENDSHIP IN OF MICE AND MEN

    This quote goes along with a few of the book's themes: loneliness, friendship and the American dream. Essentially, George is explaining to Lennie that as long as they stick together, nothing can touch them. No matter what happens in their separate lives, they still have each other's backs.

  2. Of Mice and Men- Crooks' Relationships controlled assessment.

    Moreover, Candy's ability to reveal Crooks through several perspectives portrays him as a non biased narrator which makes his views trustworthy. In reference to Crook's room, Steinbeck constantly uses adjectives like 'little', 'square' and 'narrow' to create a cage-like atmosphere, revealing that he is imprisoned by the white society and

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