Of Mice And Men Polarity Analysis

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John Steinbeck 's "Of Mice and Men" establishes key characters whose actions and personalities are representatives of society. Each character acts as a faction of behavior and values that you need or can do without when it comes to surviving in the real world. George and Lennie’s attractiveness towards one is an example of polarity, which in society is useful to be complemented with someone who has access to a set of skills out of your repertoire. For example George and Lennie’s psychosexual compliments range from George’s lack of physicality and kindness which he gains through Lennie. Lennie’s lack in intellect and reason is acquired from George. This polarity is just one of the survival tips that Steinbeck enforces through
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Just as the want to sleep with a married women is against societies rules, Lennie’s affection for soft things and his unusual strength makes it an unreality for him to have a pet. Once you go against such realities trouble arrives as a repercussion. For example, every time Lennie goes against reality and attempts to have a pet he ends up killing it. Candy and his old mutt stand at the pinnacle of their usefulness. And his age and handicap practical labels him useless. But rather than express the dynamics of youth in the workforce dominating over the old through Candy, Steinbeck disguises this matter through Candy’s dog in comparison to Slim’s new pups. The group kills off the dog because it is weak and holds no value and the idea of replacing it with a newer pup makes since because it is grand in potential, Candy’s dogs potential has already been tapped there is nothing efficient for it to do making its value diminish. Also the scene of Slim casually drowning five of the nine pups due to limited resources shows society 's acceptance of survival of the fittest. And in Steinbeck’s world there is no room for the innocent. That is why in the ending scene Lennie’s reciting of the dream is significant because as soon as George pulls the trigger that is Steinbeck’s way to say that such lavish dreams do not belong in reality but is merely wishful thinking to comfort

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