Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' The ' Of The Flies ' Essay

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Loneliness affects many of the characters in the novella, Steinbeck seems to show that it is a natural and inevitable result of the itinerant workers way of life; they are caught in a conspiracy of loneliness – they never stay in one place long enough to form enduring relationships. Through his characterization, Steinbeck delves into the fact that loneliness comes in different forms and causes people to react in different ways. Steinbeck embeds underlying hints for the reader; the fact that the novel is set in ‘Soledad’ is significant, as ‘Soledad’ is in fact Spanish for ‘Loneliness’. The game of solitaire is also continuously played; solitaire is typically a one mans game. Both of these aspects emphasize the substratal theme of loneliness.

Candy is an old, physically disabled swamper who is primarily useless due to being physically handicapped. Steinbeck describes Candy as an“old swamper” who has a “stick-like wrist but no hand”. Steinbeck has used religious imagery to interpret to the reader that Candy is hopeless; in Christianity the right hand is a symbol of hope and love. By being physically handicapped, Steinbeck is effectively showing that Candy feels he is useless, which in turn leads him to become hopeless. Candy is isolating himself due to his state of mind.

The slaughter of Candys dog highlights the brutality of society; the strong attack and eliminate the weak. Carlson is quick to point out the dogs flaws, “that dog stinks”, he later conclude “gotta get him…

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