When George told him “it’s a lot nicer to go around with a guy you know,” showed his close relationship between him and Lennie. Because of Slims good intentions, he didn’t ask why, how or when. However, he did say, “Ain’t many guys travel around together. I don’t know why” which showed his confusion and maybe even jealousy, towards relationships like George and Lennie’s. In the bunkhouse, there was also Carlson, which throughout the whole novel showed his lack of emotions and his coldness towards others, which is another characteristic some ranchman have – coldness towards others.
In To a God Unknown, Steinbeck uses symbolism to highlight the change in Joseph, a man who just bought his own farm and fell in love with the land. However, even though Steinbeck goes about each book in different ways, they all follow the same organized three step process to bring out a common theme. In these three books, Steinbeck goes about a three step process in order to bring out a major change in the character while showing aspects of the human condition along his journey. The first step is that a major change occurs in the character’s life. The second step is that the character is faced with a devastating problem as a result of this change.
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby by Donald Barthelme Comprehension and Analysis Questions 1. What does Colby do that was “too far”? 2. Explain the irony in the following parts of the story: • "Be reasonable," he said to Colby. • “Hanging Colby was doubtless against the law, and if the authorities learned in advance what the plan was they would very likely come in and try to mess everything up.” • “Colby said he thought drinks would be nice but was worried about the expense.
Jack Wilkins October 8th, 2013 3rd Period Jack Wilkins October 8th, 2013 3rd Period John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men tells the tragic tale of George and Lennie, two companions forced to drift from job to job in order to make a living. Arriving at a new farm full of characters embodying loneliness, the pair dreams of escape from the vicious cycle of isolation that accompanies life as a migrant worker before they ultimately succumb to Naturalism’s cruel fate themselves. Lennie and George keep each other going, both of them providing the fuel for the other. The two also give hope to the characters around them; their dreams for “defiance of the cycle” inspires others to attempt escape from the chains of Naturalism themselves. But, even as the relationship of George and Lennie is beautiful and rare, it is also heartbreaking, for the contrast between the pair’s aspirations and the final result of their struggle sharply illustrates the tragedy of Naturalism.
Steinbeck emphasizes the theme of dreams throughout the book. George aspires to be independent , to be his own boss and most importantly to be a ‘somebody’ and not just another unemployed bum. Lennie aspires to be with George on his independent homestead, and to quench his fixation on soft objects. Candy wants to reassert his responsibility and influence which was lost when Carlson killed his dog and also security on George’s ranch. Loneliness is a significant figure on most of the characters lives as it was on most of the American people during the Great Depression.
He cannot avoid the dangers presented by Curley, Curley’s wife, or the world at large. In this he is an innocent victim, causing us to feel sympathy for this doomed man. John Steinback creates sympathy for Lennie because the novel is centred on Lennie's simplicity. Throughout the entire book, Lennie's personality and life seem based on three things: his dream of one day owning a farm, devotion to his protector (George) and soft things. Within the novel, Lennie shows no significant changes, development, or growth.
This allows the reader to chose whether they feel sympathy for the broken down, hard working, isolated stable buck or if he is just a cruel, malicious, bitter man. The isolation of the stable buck originates from the period of time the novella is set. In the 1930’s California, a man was defined by colour and race. The author chose to show how men at this time were treated and defined if they were men of colour; this was shown through the character Crooks. The treatment Crooks received on the ranch revolved around his colour.
They often use this friendship to validate their existence and comfort themselves, George is proud that he “got somebody to talk to that gives a damn” as this is a rarity and an achievement for an itinerant worker. George also expresses his fear of loneliness when he states “I seen guys that go around ranches alone. That ain’t no good”, because his bond with Lennie is all he has he fights to protect it despite the trouble it causes him. Lennie is fiercely protective of George because their companionship is one of the few things that he understands and is sure of, when others try to test this he maintains “George wouldn’t do nothing like that!”. The two men desperately cling to each other as loneliness encroaches from all sides and threatens to tear them apart however, inevitably, their dreams are blown to one side by the death of Curley’s wife as Steinbeck makes true the poem ‘even the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’.
“Says one time he went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an’ he foun’ he didn’t have no soul that was his’n. Says he foun’ he jus’ got a little piece of a great big soul. Says a wilderness ain’t no good, ’cause his little piece of a soul wasn’t no good ’less it was with the rest, an’ was whole.” This direct characterization of how Tom’s character changes for the better demonstrates how him fighting for what’s right will be beneficial for him and the migrant workers in the future in order to survive. A statement he says is “wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there”.
Sherman Alexie’s film, Smoke Signals is a “very basic story, a road trip/buddy movie about a lost father” (Alexie, This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona 873). His short story, This is what is means to say Phoenix Arizona, mainly focuses on the relationship of two native men, Victor and Thomas, who grew up together on a reservation but have been estranged from each other since they were teenagers. Both share the theme of friendship, reconciliation and self-realization. Alexie tried to convey that the only way to understand life is to comprehend past and present experiences. Alexie mainly uses stereotypes and flashback to develop the themes.