The Cycle Of Violence In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The writer’s purpose for both of these texts was that he wanted to portray the way some people were being treated in their society and how people were being treated during the Great Depression. The characters Crooks and Adam is that they are both outsiders and victims of inequality, this means that they don’t belong to their group or society. These characters are trapped in a cycle of violence which is a cyclical structure. In Of Mice and Men the cyclical structure was that in chapter 4” Crooks rubs his back” at the start and also at the end he continues to do so. In DNA, they think Adam is dead then he actually comes back. After they killed him, this was the cycle of violence. Kelly is suggesting that the only way to escape the cycle of violence …show more content…
Near the end of the chanpter, Leah leaves the play and the cycle of setting changes. Adam is an outsider because he is always listening to everything for what the gang is saying and he is always obeying them as if he is a servant, this is showing to us that he has a lower status that is why he is following the gangs orders by doing certain things which he does not want to do, but the people in the gang have a much higher status because Adam is always following their orders, this was when they were challenging him and saying “see how far he will go”, this is revealing to us that the members of his gang are testing him to see how much he will listen to their orders, just to realise how desperate he is to join into their group. This makes the reader think that he has been lonely all his life, but before in the play Leah has said “we used to go to his birthday parties” which makes it not completely true because they were a bit closer before but now the gang want to just bully him. After a long time Adam wanted to have a change and become closer to the gang; this was why he was anxious to make more friends as it has been long after they were really close together and the thought that they …show more content…
He couldn’t do anything about the segregation as he was powerless but he had “a mauled copy of the California civil code from 1905”, it represents the intelligence from within. The word which stands out is ‘mauled’, this revels that it is very old and that it is read so much that it has ripped. Crooks can be taking his anger and frustration out on the book as he hates the fact that the law is not being followed. He was also an outsider because he is a lonely individual who is characterised by exclusion from the bunk house, this means that he was lonely and people were excluding him from the group because of discrimination in America in the 1930s. Crooks “drew into himself” which means he is always by himself as he is suffering from within because he is always keeping his pain to himself because of his life as he is not treated equally like everyone else. This makes the reader think that he’s not trying to make any friends that is why many people don’t really like him on the ranches he is not sociable to the other members which are working on the ranch. This makes the reader feel compassion for Crooks because he is unable to make any friends as he is diverse from everyone else and he is the only black man on the ranch, which makes it even harder for him to make friends as people there can think that he is low on the hierarchy and that he won’t be able to achieve anything in his

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