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Of Mice And Men - How does Steinbeck create a sense of insecurity in the novel?

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English Essay - Of Mice And Men Robert Nixon How does Steinbeck create a sense of insecurity in the novel? Steinbeck is very good at creating a sense of insecurity in this novel. He does it using the characters in the story aswell as the settings. George's main insecurity concerns his friend Lennie. They both get along very well together, but George is afraid that because of the way Lennie is, that he will do something that they will both regret. This has already occurred in the past, in Weed. '"They run us outa Weed" he exploded triumphantly. "Run us out, hell," said George disgustedly. "We run. They were looking for us, but they didn't catch us."' He knows that Lennie is a threat to their security on the ranch, so he strongly warns him not to do or say anything that will get them into trouble. '"OK. Now when we go into see the boss, what you gonna do?" "I...I-" Lennie thought. His face grew tight with thought. "I... aint gonna say nothin'. Just gonna stand there."' Lennie is insecure, but this is for an entirely different reason to George's. George is scared that they will be thrown out, sent to jail or even killed, whilst Lennie is scared that if he does something wrong, that George wont let him tend the rabbits on the farm that they are dreaming about. ...read more.


"'Crooks said sharply, 'you got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.'" However, his suspiciousness of Lennie wanes, as he is secretly happy to have someone to talk to for once. He says to Lennie, "George can tell you screwy things, and it don't matter, it's just the talking. It's just being with another guy, that's all." This shows that he is grateful to have someone, if anyone, to talk to. Curley is easily the most insecure character in the book. He represents his insecurity in many ways. The first we encounter is when he first meets Lennie and George. "He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie. His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his closed into fists." He does not take warmly to the new workers, and Candy explains why. "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys." "Kinda like he's mad at 'em because he aint a big guy." This newfound tension between Lennie and Curley is a great worry for George, because he thinks Lennie will do something they will both regret, like in Weed. ...read more.


This is the reason why he is very upset when Carlson shoots his dog. They convince Candy that his dog is very old and must suffer due to it's numerous illnesses and blindness. Although Candy realises he has a point, he does not want his dog to die because it is his only true friend left in his life. Candy is insecure about his future. He knows he is getting older, and he fears that soon the boss will throw him out because he is of no use to him anymore. This is why he is very keen to be part of Lennie and George's plan to this farm that they are dreaming of. He tells them he will be able to pay for most of it because he has compensation money from when he lost his hand. This is the reason why Lennie and George let him into it, because if they put their combined money together at the end of the month, they can afford to buy it. Now their dream has become a reality, and Candy thinks he is assured of living the rest of his life somewhere he will be happy. Unfortunately, this will never happen, and we don't find out what happens to Candy. ...read more.

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