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' Of mice and Men' contains a selection of very unhappy characters. Who do you pity the most and why.

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' Of mice and Men' contains a selection of very unhappy characters. Who do you pity the most and why. 'Of mice and Men' is a tragic novel including many depressed characters. This reflects the time in which the novel is set. The main characters are driven by failed opportunities and unattainable goals. In a life where fear controls everyone and dreams are never realised. Steinbeck highlights these issues with use of parallel events and the circular plot. One of the main themes in the novel is failed dreams, each character in the book has a dream whether it be for their own piece of land or to be in the film industry. Dreams are what the men on the ranches live for; they spend their whole entire life working to fulfil these distant dreams. Many people in the book are optimistic that they will achieve their life-long goal but there are wiser people who know that these unlikely dreams will never be reached. ...read more.

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He has never felt friendship and the constant casual racism directed towards him suggests other characters would not imagine being his friend. His loneliness is an example of what other people would have felt like at that time, not just the migrant workers on that ranch. Crook's has never had a person to talk to and he will never get a job anywhere else. This for me is why I pity Crook's the most out of all the characters, although having his own room and rights I still feel he is deprived of one of the most important things and that is socialising. I believe the workers would have needed to socialise as they lived very 'single' lives, taking to people would have been a way of discussing and playing cards. I have a lot of sympathy for George; he is constantly protecting Lennie and is almost acting as a father would to a young son. ...read more.

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I believe that Slim should not be pitied, I believe he is the character that the others look up to, he seems to be the one who everyone likes and he seems to be happy and he never properly replays his own version of his dream, but he always listens to the other people dreams. Throughout the novel it seems to me that Crook's should be pitied the most as he is even powerless against Curley's wife who is so unimportant that she is not even worthy of a proper name. Crook's is treated like a totally different being and I feel for him, he has never socialised with any of the characters and he is crippled, he has never expressed his views to anyone and its sad that he would not be accepted anywhere else. I feel Crook's is to be pitied the most and then it would be George because he has to put up with Lennie and his compatriot has cost him money and work. Chris Bowles 11S English Miss Stallard ...read more.

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