John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1476 Words Oct 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Basic moral principles state ideas such as “what goes around comes around” and that good deeds are rewarded, while bad deeds are punished. No matter how much we wish to believe it, this is not very often the case. Life is unfair. In the book Of Mice and Men, a realistic fiction play-novelette by John Steinbeck, injustice is defined as a clearly developed theme. The poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns that the book is named after is about how even “the best laid schemes of mice and men often go askew” (Burns). There is no other explanation for good plans failing except for life being unfair. Why should some people have bad luck, and other people should have good luck? A feeling of injustice in Of Mice and Men is shown most clearly through the lives of Curley’s wife, Curley, and Lennie.

Curley’s wife demonstrates how life is unfair through her past, her interactions with the ranchers, and her death. Many of the ranchers think that she is a tramp, but she reveals to us that she is just lonely and wants attention. When Curley’s wife intrudes on Lennie, Candy, and Crooks in the harness room, she says, “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time?” (Steinbeck 77). She spends all of her time with Curley, a man she dislikes, and she’s never allowed to hang out with anyone else. While other people on the ranch get to be friends and talk with each other, Curley’s wife does not generally have the chance to talk to…

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