Lennie is mentally weak, George can’t reach his dream, and Curley resents being a smallish man and has napoleon complex. Weakness is simply a reality for everyone who lives on the ranch. On a ranch full of strong men, weakness is not really accepted, and people get criticized because of it. Because characters often know their weaknesses, they’re quick to try to cover for them, which spell confrontation. It’s a like bullying, characters weaknesses makes them feel insecure about themselves, so they fight and judge others to avoid having their flaws seen by
The first thing Candy tells us about the boss that he decided to take his anger out on the stable buck when he realizes that George and Lennie were late." An' he give the stable buck hell,too" Stienbeck is trying to tell us the boss gives me a bad time because he is different from the rest of the men in the ranch and he is the only black man. So it is easy for them to bully him as he doesn't have anyone to stick up for him. This quote also shows how Crooks is mistreated by the farm boss because the ranch boss thinks he can ill-treat and discriminate against him. Crooks dream of becoming equal is destroyed by the racist attitudes of others This also tells readers the boss is nice to crook when his not angry, this is because Crook do his
Unmistakable through juror 10’s hostile and aggressive tone displayed, he is led to believe that not only is the boy from a ‘low social economic’ background but “…he’s type…they are- wild animals… they’re going to breed us out of existence.” His prejudice opinions constantly blind him from declaring ‘reasonable doubt’ despite current mishaps presented in the evidence. He continued to manipulate the facts, data and statistics in order to retain his masculinity until proven wrong. Juror 10 did not see eye to eye with any other juror or character and announced that it was a “waste of time.” Furthermore juror 10 continued to vote ‘guilty’ in his ambiguous attempt to send the boy off to an electric chair, helped prove Reginald Rose’s perceptions of letting prejudice and stereotypical thoughts cloud the mind of seeing the truth. Unlike Juror 10, juror 3’s reasons and logic were question due to his previous feud with his ashamed history with his son. Personal vendettas presented in juror 3 prevent him from having ‘reasonable doubt’.
Throughout ‘Of Mice And Men’ Steinbeck portrays George as a resentful father figure to Lennie; however this task proves to be a lot of work, as Lennie is rather an annoyance towards George due to his lack of intelligence and knowledge of the world. Consequently this means George has to focus upon keeping Lennie safe and protected and unfortunately his own ‘American Dream’ is temporarily abandoned. When starting at the ranch George is judged for travelling around with Lennie, his boss assumed he was using Lennie for labour purposes and taking his money; ‘Funny how you an’ him string along together.’ Similarly the workers also feel George is going to a lot of effort to keep someone who is ‘slow’, like Lennie, with him when it would be easier to travel alone. The adjective ‘funny’ suggests the situation is unusual and no one has ever bothered to do the same, nor have they ever seen anything like it before. However earlier in the novel George describes him and Lennie as the, ‘loneliest guys in the world’ implying that he doesn’t feel the same way.
He behaves threateningly to Lennie because "he hates big guys. Kind of like he's mad at em' because he ain't a big guy."(29). Shortly after Lennie and George encounter Curley's wife and Lennie can't help but gawk at her; "she's purty. "(35).George sternly tells Lennie "you keep away from herm 'cause she's a rat-trap.."(36). Lennie in his instinctive animalistic way burst out "I don't like the place, George.
It is the relationship between Slim and Curley that arguably could cause the events of chapter 3. Curley has picked a fight with Slim, the one person who he doesn’t use his inherited power over. The ranchers all see how dismissive Slim is of Curley and how Curley has been reduced being very apologetic, a rare occurrence. The ranchers seize their opportunity and all begin to mock him, even the most vulnerable rancher, Candy. Carlson goes
She tries to flirt with men on the ranch but they all seem to have a rule of staying away from her because they think she is a “rat trap” or piece of “jail bate”, meaning she would get them into trouble if she got the chance. Her flirtatious actions towards Lennie at the end of the novel ,where she allows him to touch her hair, results in her death because Lennie wouldn’t let go of her hair and it resulted in him gripping her too tight and he broke her neck. Slim has lots of power over people on the ranch because of his reputation of being a good guy and all the men seem to confess in him almost as a priest-like figure. He is the jerkline skinner which mean that he is the leader of the ranchers and isn’t like Curley who abuses his legitimate power. He makes friends with George quite quickly and they talk about Lennie in a pitiful but admiring way (pitiful about his lack in intelligence but they admire him for his physical strength).
Huck is stolen away from his civilized home for the sake of money, and taken to live in a dreary shack with his abusive father. Pap is a dreadful man who is always treating Huck horribly and is constantly berating him. Pap was a wicked parent, an alcoholic, and his drunkenness regularly threatened Huck’s health. He was more concerned about money and alcohol than he was about Huck and was unquestionably a negative influence through the moral values that he taught Huck. “He said he'd cowhide me till I was black and blue if I didn't raise
Lennie's previous problem with a woman at Weed and Curley's wife's aggressive manner combined with Curley's paranoid bravado and immediate dislike for Lenny make a conflict concerning the three characters inevitable. When George lies to the boss by telling him that he is Lennie's cousin, he reinforces the suspicion that there is something suspect about their friendship. The boss cannot understand that two men would have any concern for each other unless they were bound by familial connections, and George's lie demonstrates that this view is widespread. George, in particular, has cares that occur beyond a narrow scope of self-interest, a view that clashes with the widespread individualist mindset. He is in some ways comparable to Candy, whose care for a decrepit old dog marks him as a weak and sentimental
The novel Lord of the Flies portrays an imbalance of power between characters, like Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Throughout the novel, Jack and Ralph are constantly against Piggy because they believe they have a greater sense of authority. Piggy genuinely tries to help and give ideas but is always shut down because of the great imbalance of power between the boys. Jack additionally has no regard for Piggy's entitlement to speak and his tribe feels that anything Piggy says is humorous; they ponder "what amusing thing he may need to say.” Bullies most often tend to pick on the weaker children with poor self esteem or no way of defending themselves, thereby giving themselves more