Empowering Themes In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In the novella “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck portrays many empowering themes that are throughout the novel. The characters in the novella are all different and go through different experiences. It is important to note the dialogue that is shown throughout the novel which explicitly expresses Steinbeck’s major themes and symbols. In John Steinbeck’s novellaOf Mice and Men”, there are many instances which the predatory nature of human existence and humanity is reiterated through his reliance of words of the major characters and how they act towards situations.
From the very beginning of the novel, it is evident that George finds many of his own agonies in Lennie, as is displayed when Lennie repeatedly disobeys George, giving rise to one of
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It is this darker side of the human spirit which has exiled man from the Garden of Eden, now manifesting itself as the American dream. John Steinbeck shows a world doomed to isolation and loneliness, where the only alleviation from ones suffering is to prey on those weaker than oneself. His story is one of a shattered dream, of pain and suffering rather than the promised plan. On a small ranch nearly void of life, it serves as a beacon of hope for the American dream. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don 't belong no place... With us it ain 't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don 't have to sit in no bar room blowin ' in our jack jus ' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.” (Steinbeck 13) At the ranch, there is an omnipresent stench of despair and desperation. Each character George and Lenny meet tells a different version of the same story. It is the story of someone who believes he has outlived his usefulness and has no longer has a place in the world. To survive, these characters prey on those weaker than themselves. Just as Curley treats his wife as if she is nothing to him to make himself feel as if he is a better person. He makes her known as a temptress, or many other awful names. Though Curley’s wife preys …show more content…
The novel portrays this idea of loneliness throughout John Steinbeck 's stimulating and exciting novel. There are several clearly identified themes running through the novel. The loyalty and friendship which exists between two men, George and Lennie, and the hostile environment of America during the American Depression. But, the main two themes of Of Mice and Men were loneliness and humanity.Every character in the novel appeared to at one point face the hardships of humanity in one way or another. John Steinbeck expertly portrays the theme of human existence and humanity in the novella in an interesting and original

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