Irving states “Rip was ready to attend anybody’s business but his own; but as to doing family duty, and keeping his farm in order, he found it impossible” (406). Rip was laid back and not worried about his farm, because he thought “it was the most pestilent little piece of ground in the whole country; everything about it went wrong” (406). Rip is said to be “one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well-oiled dispositions, who take the world easy” (406). Rip did not want to work, and Irving makes that clear when he says that Rip “would have whistled life away in perfect contentment” and that he “would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound”
They ain't got nothin to look ahead to. " Nobody likes feeling lonely but they had to deal with it. It shows that during the great depression individuals did not really have anyone and they all just worked for themselves. The loneliness on the ranch contrasts Lennie and George's close relationship by showing how truly important it is to have someone that is important to you. People will be desperate to be involved with people rather
She was initially very happy to see her family, but is having trouble adjusting to being back home. She does not get along with Harold's mother and the two women argue constantly. She has been having difficulty sleeping, feels like she is "in a daze" much of the time, refuses to go into town saying it is "too noisy and too crowded," and doesn't seem interested in connecting with her old friends. When the children want to spend time with her, Shirley becomes irritable and says she is too tired. Tracy has been crying frequently since her mother has returned, and Ben disappeared for two days without telling anyone where he was.
Even though the Sky Chief did not show any respect for the nature, when he asked the men to uproot the tree, he still respected the nature and his wife by uprooting the tree just to make her dream come true. Not only the Onondaga tribe showed respect for others, another tribe that respect is very important for them is the Modoc Tribe. On “When Grizzlies Walked Upright” the Modoc tribe shows that their cultural beliefs matter a lot to them. It shows that they are peaceful and have really strong family values. Just like every other
Rip Van Winkle was known to be the man who slept for 20 years. Rip’s sleep caused him to miss the Revolutionary War and America’s transition from colony to nation. When he awakens he finds out that everything and everyone has changed. During his 20 year sleep Rip misses events such as the Revolutionary War in which some of his friends fought and died for. Rip also missed out on America’s transition from colony to nation, so that when he enters the village and yells “I am a poor quiet man, a native of the place, and a loyal subject of the King, God bless him!” (2317).
Also, he is ashamed of allowing his family to see him the way he is. Besides the couple of nurses that take care of him, he has no one and nothing to live for. Joe Bunham, now injured with no limbs, suffered through the pain that no 20 year old should be going through. The war altered his life to a point where one questions the point of living. What happened to him during the war mentally changed his view on what his future should really be.
While working on the ranch the men form special bonds with eachother. Candy, who sweeps by himself, cannot have these friendships with the other men because he does not spend time with them. He is all alone with a job for only one. Although the boss was nice enough to let him keep his job, Candy still suffers because of his lack of friends. For fun the men play horseshoes, but Candy is not involved with this game.
God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy.” The way that George expresses him self here is very important in understanding how Steinbeck wants us to see this character. Although we see how George would like to live a carefree life with nobody to have to look after, we also get to see that he truly loves Lennie and although he may complain about having to look after him he likes the company and we see this later on when he is talking to Slim the skinner at the ranch, “Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time,’ ‘but you get used to goin’ around with a guy” this is the time where we see that if George was to lose Lennie he would also become disadvantaged as he would have nobody to confide in and would probably go insane with loneliness and self pity. Lennie gives George a reason to live and something to work for, he also helps to keep George inline as he thinks about Lennie before himself so looks after their “stake” and saves to buy the small plot of land they dream
Though Leo distrusts women he eventually found love. He continues to work daily and volunteer time in the community. Content with life, no major illnesses, and a loving family, Leo dreams of soon retiring and relaxing in his home oasis. He is 66 and finds it tough to be getting old, yet the comforts of his family make his life worthwhile. John Leo was extremely close to his maternal grandparents; they showed him love and kindness, which he did not receive at home.
Crooks character shows the importance of companionship by depicting how people with companions act compared to people without. Crooks didn’t have any companions so he was independent, somewhat reserved, and petulant towards the other workers on the ranch. When Lennie entered his room, he said: “You go on get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain’t wanted in my room.” It shows that Crooks desired to have a companion but he wanted Lennie to leave because he wanted Lennie to feel the way he did. The importance of companionship is shown by different characters in Of Mice and Men.