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Steinbeck intends to show that love conquers all

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Introduction

Alex Macdonald Steinbeck intends to show that love conquers all I believe that one of the many points Steinbeck is trying to put across to the reader is that Love Conquers All. We first have to consider all the different types of love in this novel. There are three main examples of love all of them different from each other. The first is the love of Candy for his dog. He has had it for a great length of time, and has become very attached to it. He has to look after the dog and feed it and it responds to him with unquestioning affection. However he knows it is starting to degrade as it ages. ...read more.

Middle

However he goes to the brothel every Saturday night, making allusions to his wife. He is then always complaining when his wife hangs around with the other ranchers. This shows that they have no faith in each other. He and his wife are never seen together, however she is always under the pretence of asking for Curley around the ranch, when she is actually trying to get away from him, she is looking for affection and appreciation that Curley is obviously not giving her. The fact that they are not seen together in the whole of the novel shows how far apart they are. I suspect that she is mistreated by Curley and that he has a misogynistic attitude. ...read more.

Conclusion

George sticks with Lennie whatever happens and despite all the obstacles that lie in their path. His love for Lennie conquers all his dreams and the factors which affects his day to day life. It may seem strange that George kills the one he loves, but he does so in recognizing the far worse fate that awaits Lennie, and he tries to make it a happy ending for his friend. There are contrasts between the three main types of love in this novel. There is the possessive love of a man for his wife, the love of Candy for his dog which he deserts probably to try and make new relationships with other people, and there is the love between George and Lennie, a true love which George sacrifices everything for. ...read more.

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