Analysis Of Isolation In John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men'

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Chapter 3
Cruelty & Isolation
Q: “At last Carlson said, ‘’If you want to, I’ll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with.’…. Candy said, ‘Maybe tomorra. Le’s wait till tomorra.’ …. ‘Let’s get it over with,’ Carlson said. ‘We can’t sleep with him stinkin’ around in here.’” (Steinbeck 44)

C: Carlson wanted to end the life of the one thing which mattered most to Candy which was his dog. Candy had had that dog since he was a pup and he always tells stories of how it was the best sheep dog he had ever seen and how he had made lots of memories with that dog. This shows how cruel the people at the ranch could be because they didn’t care how much Candy loved that dog, and it took Carlson almost no regret of killing him.
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‘I know who done it,’ he cried. ‘That big son-of-a-bitch done it. I know he done it. Why---ever’body else was out there playin’ horseshoes.’ He worked himself into a fury. ‘I’m gonna get him. I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot ‘m in the guts. Come on, you guys.’ He ran furiously out of the barn. Carlson said, ‘I’ll get my Luger,’ and he ran out too.” (Steinbeck 92)

C: This as an Aha-moment for Curley since he quickly figures out two things. One of them is who killed his wife and the other is that he finally figures out a way to get back at Lennie for breaking his arm. This shows cruelty because of how quickly Carlson and Curley say they will kill Lennie. They don’t consider that it might have been an accident or if Lennie even did it in the first place. It shows that nobody cares for anyone else and that they will kill each other if necessary.

Kindness & the Importance of Friendship
Q: “It seemed to take George some time to free his words. ‘He---would of went south,’ he said. ‘We came from north so he would of went south.’” (Steinbeck
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And Carlson, ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’” (Steinbeck 103)

C: After George just killed his best friend and Slim is helping him feel better, Carlson and Curley are wondering why they are so bothered. This shows that this would be a normal thing to happen in the 1920s. Killing someone let alone your best friend is something very cruel but Carlson thinks that George should be okay. This shows how isolated everyone is and expected to be.

Kindness & Importance of Friendship
Q: “The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger. The crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled down again. Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering.” (Steinbeck 102)

C: This is a contrast and contradiction as you would expect George to try and help Lennie escape but instead decides to shoot him. I think this is kindness because George shoots Lennie in the back of the head which causes him no pain. The other guys probably would have caused him great pain as Curley said he was going to shoot him in the guts. This was hard for George but it was better for Lennie since he didn’t have to go through the pain and torture given by

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