Verbal / Visual Essay Jordy Thiessen
Oct. 3, 2010
Because every person has a different perspective, there should be an equal amount of people willing to see the world from each others eyes. In Steinback's Of Mice and Men, there a five very different but equally significant views of the lives of the characters. These themes include: the loneliness each one feels or doesn't feel, the oppression by Curley's wife, the social responsibility of George having to take care of his friend, the hopes of the two main characters, as well as the innocence of the gentle giant everyone calls Lennie.
The quote chosen to depict loneliness in the novella is intended to show that as long as somebody is there with you, everything will be okay. Some may say that they can deal with being alone, but that would be defying human nature. Everybody, no matter how old, big or small, or no matter the colour of their skin, is always in need of reassurance from another human being. The fact that George having Lennie and vice versa shows that even though they constantly are disagreeing or getting on each others nerves, they have one another to rely on.
The oppression demonstrated is quite shocking but at the same time, not so much. Although it was customary but not necessary to discriminate against the African-American people back in the 1920's, Curley's wife takes it to a whole other extreme. Her attitude and negligence of Crooks' ego and feelings is so uncalled for, she literally kills his self-esteem with her words. Although Crooks is getting directly abused, there are residual effects on everyone who is a part of this social oppression.
Throughout the novella, George is being seen as the chosen caretaker of Lennie Smalls. For whatever reason he is looking after him, he is now responsible for the goodness and well-being of him, no matter what. Even though Lennie can become quite a handful sometimes, as Curley found out, George perseveres with all his will to make sure...
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