What Kind of Man Is Carlson?

Topics: Great Depression, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck Pages: 2 (729 words) Published: October 4, 2010
As science recall, most often the reason why bullies intimidate others is because they are actually not as fierce as they act Flike on the inside. People living in the 1930s, famously known as the time of the Great Depression are all bullies in the gloomy reality they are living in. Carlson is a character in the book, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, represent the typical man living in that era. He is one of the ranch workers that George and Lennie meet. Carlson is not a very joyful person to be around because of the following: he is violent, extremely selfish, and uncaring.

For starters, Carlson is very unlikable because he has a prodigious interest in guns and violence. One of the most obvious traits that Carlson has is that he is a very violent person. To prove my point, in all of the scenes that he is in, he always mentions his gun. He would always mention his luger. There is not a time where Carlson is not associated with a gun: “’Carlson finished the cleaning of the gun and put it in the bag…’” (54). Also, when he thought “’that [Candy’s] dog stinks”’ (44), he cannot think of any other solution than to “’shoot him’” (44). After the fight between Slim and Curley, Carlson yells, “’You come for me, I’ll kick your God damn head off’” (62) to Curley. Additionally, when they ranch workers found Curley’s wife’s dead body in the barn, the first thing that Carlson said is, “’I’ll get my Luger,’” (96).

Secondly, Carlson is obnoxious because he is self-centered. The way that Carlson only cares about himself despite what others may think or feel is an evident example. When all of the ranch workers including Candy and his dog are at the bunkhouse, Carlson exclaimed, “’God awmighty, that dog stinks. Get him outta here, Candy!’” (44). He persisted that Candy should shoot the dog because he is the only one that is bothered by the smell. However, Carlson is just using the smell as an excuse for his selfishness. Carlson is regardless of what Candy may feel...
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