As a result of the Wall Street crash and great depression, 1930’s America had become a place of hardship, cruelty and isolation. The desperate search for work and ‘survival of the fittest’ ideology resulted in a loss of community and a fractured society, men travelled alone in search of work and the compassionate nature of humanity was lost. It was during this period that John Steinbeck set his novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ in an attempt to critique this damaging lifestyle. Summary
Not accepted by men - we find out about her before we even meet her to fully understand the highly negative opinion that the other ranch workers have of her
Despite her marriage to Curley - no feelings within their relationship
Absence of a name – proves lack of respect
During the gathering in Crooks’ room her dialogue proves her desperation for friendship and company, also the negative effect that loneliness can have on humanity as she feels the need to oppress and criticize those weaker than herself
The description at the end ensures the audience can sympathise with her
He is constantly oppressed by the other ranch workers being described only as a ‘nigger’
‘Boss gives him hell when he’s mad’ and ‘let the nigger come in’ – reveals his low status
He tries to tell Lennie that he has ‘no right to come in (his) room’ but eventually gives in to loneliness
reveals his loneliness directly explaining that ‘a guy needs somebody – to be near him’ and ‘a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick’
asks to ‘work for nothing’ on the farm they dream of owning – proves his desperation
Steinbeck uses the dog as a metaphor for the weak and useless in 1930’s America
Candy’s dog and Lennie died presenting relationships as unrealistic
His desperation can be seen through his wish to ‘get that little place’ even after the death of Curley’s wife.
In the novel Steinbeck attempts to criticize loneliness revealing the negative impact...