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It's possible to feel sorry for all the characters in 'Of Mice and Men' especially Lennie and Curley's wife because they die. Which of the other characters do you feel more sympathy for: Curley, Candy, Crooks or George? Give reasons for your answer.

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Of Mice & Men It's possible to feel sorry for all the characters in 'Of Mice and Men' especially Lennie and Curley's wife because they die. Which of the other characters do you feel more sympathy for: Curley, Candy, Crooks or George? Give reasons for your answer. Having read the novel and gaining insight into the characters main role and aspects of hardship they have to undergo, either due to their own actions or others, it arouses sympathy within the reader. The characters Curley, Candy, Crooks and George all gain my sympathy, however some do so more than others. I personally feel great sympathy towards Crooks in comparison to the rest of the characters. Curley is the boss's son hence has authority and can say and do whatever he wishes - 'won't ever get canned cause his old man's the boss' (pg 28). Hence, from this alone it's made apparent to the reader, Curley's able to all that he likes without fear of being in trouble, as he's the boss's son. I do feel slight sympathy towards Curley, as his wife seems to betray the role she is meant to play as his wife. She is continuously out and about flirting with other men, (page 33 ' she put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door - frame so that her body was thrown forward) ...read more.

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The fact that Candy didn't have much of a say into the shooting of his dog, gains my consideration. However I don't feel extreme sympathy for Candy as the dog was extremely old as described by Carlson, ' got no teeth. He's all stiff with rheumatism' (page 46) thus he would have died shortly anyway, hence, Candy would have had to lose his dog in the very near future. The fact that Candy lost his hand whilst working on the ranch gains my sympathy as it makes me more aware of the intensity of the hardships ranch workers were made to undergo, just to earn a living. Thus I do feel consideration towards Candy due to the fact that he lost his hand whilst working on the ranch. However the sympathy and pity I feel towards Candy is limited as the stress he had undergone was masked by hope in gaining a dream farm with Lennie and George. The fact that he has hope that his dream of gaining a farm and land where upon he wouldn't be made to work extremely hard, comforts him as it enlightens his future. Hence, he's made to struggle for just a short period of time and this struggle isn't much of an issue to him as he looks more in-depth at what awaits him rather than the state he is in at the present time. ...read more.

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Anything said by Crooks would be seen as irrelevant as he himself said to Lennie, ' this is just a nigger talkin' an a busted-black nigger. So it don't mean nothing, see?' (page 74). This indicates, speech and opinion of a black person at the time, would be pushed aside, hence, Crooks wasn't given the opportunity to speak out due to the intensity of the people's thoughts that a black man was worth nothing. This makes me feel great sympathy towards Crooks, as there was no freedom of speech, he was restricted in all terms, be it action or speech. Overall, I feel great sympathy and pity for Crooks the most. This is because he is discriminated against and it's all a result of his colour - all due to him being black. He's lonely and cut off from the outer world, again due to him being black. No one visits him, as he is of a different background. He's 'given hell by the boss when he's mad.' Everything undergone by Crooks is hardship, distress, loneliness - it's everything on the negative side. Although Curley undergoes difficulty due to his wife, he had the authority to prevent it. Candy's hopes extinguish all past distress. George undergoes limited hardships and is again able to prevent it. However, it is Crooks who sees no hope at the present time, neither in the future. He isn't permitted to speak out, nor can he socialise - thus I feel commiseration mostly towards Crooks. Zara Choudary Year 11 ...read more.

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