Sympathetic Character In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

920 Words4 Pages
Of Mice and Men offers us a range of sad, and sometimes pathetic characters. How, in your view, does the writer makes us feel particularly sympathetic towards any of them? Many of the characters in this book could be said to be pathetic, in their own ways, but we can relate sympathetically – in some of their cases – to their difficult situations. For some characters, though, it is hard to feel much sympathy, as they seem to be naturally bad. George and Lennie represent the former group, for whom we can feel sympathy, while Curley is a character with whom it is hard to sympathize. The writer presents Lennie as large and strong, but mentally slow, while his guardian George is physically less capable but mentally much brighter. As soon as we hear that they are constantly having to travel the country for work, because of Lennie’s past mishaps, we feel sorry for them. We sympathize with Lennie, because what happened in Weed, for example, was not really his fault; and we feel sorry for George because he has to cope with the responsibility, if not the burden, of trying to find a way for them both to survive and to stay out of further trouble. Steinbeck invites the reader’s sympathy, in the scene where they camp overnight before going to the ranch. Lennie insists on hearing about their…show more content…
Candy has pledged his savings to the project of the dream ranch, and cannot let go of his one remaining hope of a pleasant old age when Crooks says it will never happen. When Candy fools himself, saying ‘You god-damn right we’re gonna do it’, we realize just how pathetic and vulnerable he is. It is very hard not to feel pity for him at this point. Overall, therefore, there are many characters in the book towards whom we feel sympathetic, and there are many who are also pathetic: generally the two things go together, but Curley is perhaps the exception who proves the
Open Document