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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1407 words

Several characters in Of Mice and Men are trapped or feel as if they are caught in a trap. How does Steinbeck show the causes and effects of being tapped?

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Introduction

Several characters in Of Mice and Men are trapped or feel as if they are caught in a trap. How does Steinbeck show the causes and effects of being tapped? Write about:' how and why different character feel trapped' The different ways characters respond to being trapped how Steinbeck makes the reader feel admiration, dislike or pity for characters who are trapped Look at the following pairs of relationships in Of Mice and Men: Candy and his dog; Curly and his wife; George and Lennie. Write about these three relationships, showing how Steinbeck explores the needs that keeps relationships going, despite conflict and strain. Question 1 Steinbeck shows the causes and effects of being trapped by introducing George and Crooks in to the novel. He introduces crooks racially but he didn't mean it racially. Crook was a black character and so he was isolated from everyone else. He wasn't allowed to mingle with the white boys as his father told him when he was younger. This must have made him feel isolated. He also must have felt racially prejudice because he couldn't live with the white people he must have thought hang on a minute I'm not having this because this is favouring someone else over him just because they are a different coloured skin.

Middle

ways than what crooks and George responded like. Curly responded to entrapment by violence. He thought that violence was the answer all of the time but really it's not. He thought he was really good but he only fought to people who he thought he could fight e.g. the brutal and unapproved attack on gentle Lennie immediately follows the scene in which the sympathetic characters realise they have a chance for a good and independent future. Curly's two other ideas to respond to the entrapment that I read in the novel are: He left his wife when he went to the brothel and had a drink or two and mixed with the women. Even though he was doing this he was stopping her from coming to the ranch or at least trying to. He didn't realise that she was going to the ranch flirting with the lads and making them attracted towards her especially Lennie. The next point was by playing on past with the greasing hand. He claims to keep a glove on one hand full of Vaseline to improve his sexual performance. Curley's wife responds to being trapped by being untrapped disobeying curly and by going to the ranch to flirt with all of the men. She does this because she gets very lonely very easily.

Conclusion

By the way that Steinbeck shows candy and his dog, Candy is pitied by his speech the way that Steinbeck wants us to see him speaking in the novel in our minds. You can't examine a novel without imagination. He trying to get us to see that when he lost his dog he didn't say much so he is the character that is really sort of pathetic. He has just had his dog killed and he is nearly I tears or so Steinbeck wants us to imagine. The last point is about how Steinbeck makes the reader feel admiration, dislike or pity characters who are trapped by letting the reader make up own mind of the description of the shooting of Lennie. In my opinion the shooting of Lennie must feel bad for: - LENNIE: BECAUSE HIS BEST FRIEND IS ABOUT TO SHOOT HIM AND HE AHS JUST STARTED TO UNDERSTAND THINGS THAT HE CAN AND CAN'T DO IN LIFE AND THAT IF HE DOES SOMETHING BAD THE POSSIBLE OUTCOME OF THEM. GEORGE: LIFE-LONG COMPANIONS. HE HAS CAUSED GEORGE SO MUCH TROUBLE GEORGE HAS BEEN TRAPPED BY HIS TROUBLE AND SO HE WANTS TO KILL HIM BUT HE DOESN'T. CANDY: HIS AMERICAN DREAM WITH LENNIE AND GEORGE AHS NOW FAILED. THE WORKERS ON THE RANCH: THEY WILL MISS HIM BUT REVENGE HAD TO HAPPEN.

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