Of Mice and Men Review

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February 16, 2013 Orr 7/8 Of Mice and Men Review The critic Thomas Scarseth makes several great points about John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men especially regarding his opinion about expressing the themes of love and friendship, having “simple yet significant” characters, and containing unpleasant attitudes. Two of the main themes in the novel are love and friendship. George tells Lennie that they, unlike many other men have futures and Lennie breaks in and says, “Because…because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (Steinbeck 14). Lennie needs a guaridan, George took him in as a promise to Lennie’s aunt, and while they traveled together, they become companions. Steinbeck's use of simple yet significant characters made the story easy to relate to. For example, Scarseth wrote, “There is Candy, the old, one-armed worker with no place to go, as useless as his toothless dog; there is Carlson, gruffly and deliberately 'unfeeling,' who can coolly kill old Candy's ancient dog simply because 'he stinks' and 'he ain't no good to you'.(Scarseth)” It is easy to relate to Candy, he is a person who has nothing left except for his old dog; and Carlson, he is a selfish person and is insensitive to the feelings of others. Steinbeck's novel contains racism and sexism, but does not proponent it. Racism is expressed through the stable-hand, Crooks, who is a black man that has his own room away from the other men; sexism is shown through the only female character, “The young women has no name- she is merely 'Curley's wife'. (Scarseth)” The novel does not promote these attitudes, but makes the reader aware of how they effect the community. The critic, Scarseth's review had good opinions regarding the novel Of Mice and Men including his opinions of the novel expressing the themes of love and friendship, having “simple yet

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