Violence in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Violence is unavoidable in life, in the same way it is also unavoidable in literature. In literature violence contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck violence serves as a build-up of the plot. Violence is a major theme in this book and is brought out physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Violence is used a way to achieve justice in the story, as well as an outlet for the despair and limited possibilities that define the ranch. Stienbeck, in this story, depicts for readers that violence is a necessary part of justice. Violence often served on the ranch to determine justice. The ranch did not follow any typical rules of serving justice. In many ways justice was served …show more content…
He was incapable of understanding the result of his actions, and the violent act of killing Lennie was necessary to maintain justice on the ranch. This story also uses violence to portray the grim reality of the time that it took place in. All the ranch hands had dreams, but they realized that there was no real hope and the possibilities for success were little to none. Violence was a common theme at the ranch physically, emotionally, and psychologically. This is brought out through the depiction of women as well as the physical violence that occurred. Women in this story can only be seen as as prostitutes or as Curley's wife. Throughout the story she is shown as a cause of trouble. She also was not even given a name, but instead only referred to her as Curley's wife. This can be viewed as emotional or even psychological violence. It is used to show readers the connection of the mistreatment of women during this time (the great depression.) The physical violence that occurred in this story is seen as an outlet for the little hope that was seen at the ranch. The story takes place during a time of despair. Stienbeck uses the violence at the ranch to show readers the grim reality of life during this time. There was no hope for any of the ranch hands, so instead they turned their attention to ending the others dreams. This point is really brought out with Lennie. The ranch hands knew that Lennie had no real concept of social rules. All

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