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Of Mice and Men - Disadvantaged Characters

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Of Mice and Men Essay ? Disadvantaged Characters (Crooks and Curley?s Wife) The Wall Street Crash of 1929 devastated America. After years of people revelling in their riches and living the high life of the roaring twenties, the wealth of millions was seized. America?s luck continued to diminish as they entered deeper and deeper into the depression when a seven year drought shook the country two years following the crash. Driven by the Great Depression, drought, and dust storms people packed away their belongings to find work in California in hope of work. A new generation of itinerant workers were born; destitute nobodies who belonged nowhere with only the conceptual of the American dream. John Steinbeck demonstrates this accurately in the novella Of Mice and Men depicting the realistic themes of companionship, isolation, fate and the prevalence of the American Dream? On the exterior, Crooks could be the most disadvantaged character in Of Mice and Men particularly due to the fact that he was born in an era of the Ku Klux Klan and where there was intensifying prejudice among black people. In addition to this bigotry towards non-whites, Crooks is paralysed. ...read more.

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The dialect between characters illustrates how the characters speak instead of just what they say. It is through speech, the characters are revealed, we are never informed by Steinbeck of any of the characters personality; only their appearance. Furthermore, All the characters have their own distinct speech pattern ? They are idiolect. His diction Like all the characters in Of Mice and Men Crooks has the typical American colloquialism his speech. However, it could be disputed that it is the dialect because it is acknowledged he is somewhat of an erudite because of all the books he reads in his time where he is coerced to endure isolation. John Steinbeck has written the book with the dialect to maintain its social realism and authenticity of an itinerant worker in Salinas Valley, California. Multiple negations are also common in the novella. For instance, ?We ain?t got no ketchup.?All the characters use them including the boss of the ranch who presumably would be affluent enough to be educated. This all conveys the way in which the characters speak. ?.twentieth century women were regarded as inferior to men so naturally her husband?s name was used instead. ...read more.

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Curley?s wife may be a ?tart? on the surface yet Steinbeck intended her to be a much more complex character as Steinbeck envisioned her to be a faithful and amiable girl who grew up in an atmosphere of fighting and suspicion yet on the surface she is pitiless and acrimonious. However, this is the personality that surfaces only as consequence of her isolation and imprisonment with Curley. This is manifests when she finally begins to talk to a human being and her real traits resurface somewhat despite Lennie having the mind of a child. Crooks is the most disadvantaged character in Of Mice and Men because what Crooks wants more than anything else is a sense of belonging?to enjoy simple pleasures such as the right to enter the bunkhouse or to play cards with the other men. This desire would elucidate why, even though he has reason to doubt George and Lennie?s talk about the farm that they want to own, Crooks cannot help but ask if there might be room for him to come along and hoe in the garden. He yearns for the simple things in life that most do not detect the magnitude for they have never been absent from their life and it is this that makes him truly disadvantaged. ...read more.

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