Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men ' Essay

1170 Words Mar 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Symbols of Suffering: Abundantly Discovered Viktor E. Frankl had once stated “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” While John Steinbeck was writing the book Of Mice and Men, he included a large quantity of symbols; However, a plethora of these symbols tie back to the enormity of feelings and scenarios suffering causes or prevents. Throughout the book, Lennie is a strong man with a kind heart. He means no harm, but harm is what he brings. This carries deleterious events his way. Within this novella lies an abundant amount of symbols. Some lay on the surface while others are buried deep within the pages, but one cannot fail to recognize the symbols that are connected to the foreshadowing of Candy’s dog’s death, Lennie’s untimely demise, and the similarities between the two. Candy’s dog’s death symbolized and foreshadowed heavy amounts of scenes that take place shortly after his suffering was laid to rest. As Carlson walks into the bunkhouse he voices his opinion about the suffering he fears the dog is facing and the stench he is creating. “‘That dog of Candy’s is so God damn old he can’t hardly walk. Stinks like hell, too. Ever’ time he comes into the bunkhouse I can smell him for two, three days’” (36). Candy’s dog is obviously suffering, and Steinbeck makes this very clear with well written descriptions. “‘Got no teeth. damn near blind, can’t eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can’t chew nothing else”’ (36). Shortly after…

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