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Of mice and men

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Of mice and men Throughout the novel, Steinbeck constructs a theme of insecurity in many different ways. However, the most prominent way he does this is through the characters, the language and setting which all work in cooperation with each other to produce a truly insecure depiction of the somewhat corrosive times men faced throughout the great American depression. Firstly, some characters in the novel may feel insecure because they are isolated from society, take Crook's "the stable buck" for a prime example as he is segregated, not only from society, but also from the workers on the ranch who happened to be white people. "He kept his distance and demanded others kept theirs." This rather unhealthy isolation he possess for himself was due to the unfortunate fact that Negro's were not accepted on the ranch, therefore, he remained day in and out in a "little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn." However, when Lennie innocently meandered into Crooke's shed he is secretly pleased but almost too to afraid to show any greeting towards Lennie as unfortunately, Crook's is a victim of racial prejudice although his loneliness is exposed truly when Lennie asks "Why ain't you wanted," by this, Lennie doesn't mean to be meddlesome or spiteful towards Crooks because he is a simple minded child who innocently asks the common question "why" as all children do. ...read more.


Therefore, Curley's wife helps to support the theme of isolation as she appears not only isolated from other women by being in an all male environment, but also from her dreams which she shares with Lennie, opportunities and experiences which would see her develop as a person because she is compounded between Curley and the itinerant workers on the ranch. Furthermore, the characters on the ranch do not only accentuate insecurity but is also due to the words and techniques Steinbeck utilizes. For instance, throughout the novel there are negative and somewhat vicious words and phrases exploited by Steinbeck, for instance, "slashed," "attacked" "helplessly" and "horror" (etc). All these emotive verbs and adjectives really portray the true meaning of insecurity as they are harrowing and therefore give the reader an insight into the corrosive conditions the workers endured day in and out, with no remorse felt by anyone, only themselves. Also, Steinbeck is ambiguous in the way he opens up each chapter because he describes nature in its idyllic state, although as the reader delves further into the chapters it becomes clear that he opts for the pessimistic approach by creating an oppressive atmosphere throughout the ranch which ultimately is accentuated by the characters. ...read more.


Therefore, Curley describes George as a "Great big bastard"- the reader discovers Curley's own personal insecurity which is shrouded in vindictive comments and violent outbursts he portrays towards Lennie and the other characters although, as his fears are all channelled into aggressive behaviour, this resultantly further isolates his wife and leads to the incident where, regrettably on Curley's behalf, Lennie crushes his hand. Perhaps the most darkening aspect of the novel falls onto Curley's wife due to the fact that she is given no name. This is an important admission and supports the idea of worthlessness and insecurity that the character feels about her, and which is rebounded by other characters- as George observes: "Jesus, she's a tramp." In this respect, the character of Curley's Wife supports Steinbeck's presentation of a human life being valueless which inescapably leads to insecurity. Finally in retrospect, Steinbeck's description and presentation of itinerant workers and older people, for instance Candy, expresses a harsh world of loneliness, isolation and inevitably insecurity although as this is his initial aim, personally I believe it has truly been metered out in many respects there is a comprehendible link established on the grounds of the novel, between loneliness aggression and isolation. ?? ?? ?? ?? -Page 1- ...read more.

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