Racism In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s main theme is loneliness. Every character in the book is lonely. Through the loneliness, there is one character who understands more than others: Slim. Slim fits the archetype of a wise man, or a sage. Archetypes are made to show common traits in characters. Slim is wise; he understands things that other characters do not. Slim is spoken highly of, even named prince of the ranch by the other characters. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays Slim with traits that fit the archetype of a wise man, such as sympathy, leadership, and his ability to understand. In Of Mice and Men, Slim is the leader. Everyone listens to what he says, and he listens to what everyone else says. Not only does he understand how others feel or what they say, he also shows sympathy unlike other characters, such as Curley or …show more content…
He also uses literary devices. To help describe traits in Slim, Steinbeck uses literary devices such as tone and theme. One of the tones in the book is calmness. Calmness can easily be used to describe Slim. For example, “George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, God-like eyes fastened on him” (Steinbeck 40). The tone is calming, and soothing. George feels comfortable around Slim, because of how calm Slim is. Another example of a literary device would be theme. The main theme of the book is loneliness. Slim is well respected, a leader, and wise, but he is still lonely. Being lonely helps Slim understand more. For example, in chapter three, everyone agrees to kill Candy’s dog. Although Slim helps make that decision, he still feels for Candy, and offers one of his pups to Candy. Another example would be in chapter six, when George kills Lennie. Slim knows that the decision must be made, and he was there to comfort George. Since Slim also deals with loneliness, he knows how hard it is for both Candy and George to lose what they hold closest to

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