John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1027 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Of Mice and Men was an intriguing novel that had two lonely men, Lennie and George, who traveled together attempting to find a better place, to achieve their dream. Along the way, they encounter work and several other people who have major impacts on their lives. The novel suggests that power is represented differently between men and women- or woman- and above all, the novel relies on the power of physical strength and intelligent manipulation to have their way. John Steinbeck portrays the idea that men and women have different ways to prove their power and thus, manipulation was far more damaging than physical aggression, and that manipulation was frankly the only way women could gain power during the Great Depression.
Within this novel, there is a social hierarchy that is shown between the woman and men that shows their levels of power. The men have their own ways of showing their fame and glory without the use of intelligence, but instead with pure physical capabilities. Within the first few pages of the book, Steinbeck introduces a man, Lennie, who has astonishing features that make him stand out from the normally sized man: “…A huge man…walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws” (pg 2). This comparison to an animal shows his body structure is massive and strong, giving him the obvious capability of…

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