Silvana Delgado Roberts Structure in Language and Literature II 04/05/2013 Of Mice and Men Essay The characters in Of Mice and Men have a feeling of loneliness and dissatisfaction throughout the book. Loneliness affects the life of Curley's wife, she has a desperate need to talk to anyone that is not her husband, and he's also the reason she is stuck at the ranch. Candy's loneliness comes from losing his pet that he has had for so many years, and he also fears that he will get fired. It also has an effect on Crooks, who does not spend time with people because he is judged and mistreated by the workers in the ranch. John Steinbeck creates the characters in Of Mice and Men with a theme of loneliness
However in contrast to Walton, Victor’s loneliness occurs partially from the fact that he has allowed his studies “to weaken his affection and his taste for the simpler pleasures of life” (56)and as such have pushed away everybody who means something to him. In addition to this though both characters loneliness lies greatly on the fact that they are
The theme of Monstrosity in this novel is presented through the character of Victor creation. Throughout the novel, the creature tries to acquire peace and infatuation within others but never succeeds at it. Through abandonment and rejection, the creature felt lonely and misplaced. Though he does show consideration and great affection to others, he still received misguided treatment and resentment towards everyone from his horrifying appearance. Looks are extremely deceiving and this novel shows the readers never to judge a person by their appearance, but by their actions
In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield is a thoughtful young man, who happens to also be very angry. As a result of his anger, Holden purposely isolates him from his surroundings, leaving a feeling of depression and arrogance. This arrogance can be seen throughout the book, when Holden generalizes certain people as “phony”, and labels himself as the only “real” person in this world. Later in the book, you learn that Holden’s younger brother Allie has died due to complications of leukemia, and it is inferred that Holden has not moved on, causing his anger.
Lennie does not know his own strength, reacts to trouble when he is scared Idioms- “old lady” (p.53), “throw a litter” (p.58), “punk” (p.62), “cut off his wind” (p.63) Allusions- Luger, phonograph, fence picket, Golden Gloves Chapter 4- 66. Crooks was alone, living by himself and able to leave his personal possessions lying around 67. Loneliness- people kept their distance from Crooks because he was black 68. Loneliness- Lennie also quite alone in the world- only friend is George and tries to make friends with Crooks 69. Lennie- a genuinely nice person, has nice smile that tempted Crooks to let him in 69.
They are no longer the important aspect of his life as all focus shifts to himself to become important to others who seemingly don’t care about him. Helen’s response to a company friend stating, “I know how much you will miss him,” with “I already have” shows the significance of her and the family moving on from Phil and his workaholic self. Later, while attending Phil’s funeral, the company president asks, “Who’s been working the hardest?” and provides the audience a sense that nobody noticed Phil’s hard work and dedication to the company, making Phil appear invisible to the people he was intending to impress. By doing this, Goodman illustrates the
We are introduced from the beginning of Raymond Carver’s Cathedral to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. The husband “ wasn’t enthusiastic about [Robert] visit, he was no one [he] knew. And his being blind bothered [him].” (20) He is uninterested in the relationship that Robert has with his wife. (21) The only reason he knows any thing about Robert is because she told him, he didn’t ask and didn’t care to know. We see how selfish and self centered the narrator is as he has thoughts of, “this blind man” “coming to sleep in [his] house” and telling his wife “maybe [he] could take him bowling” (22).
Unexpectedly, Quoyle was informed that “[Petal] took the kids and went off with that guy in the red Geo” (Proulx 22). Quoyle’s loneliness caused by his lost relationship takes a toll on his self-esteem, which is evident when his daughter Bunny says “‘Petal said Dad is dumb’ […] ‘Everyone is dumb about some things,’ said Quoyle” (Proulx 39). It is clear that the love Quoyle maintains for Petal after her deceiving departure is so great that it is enough to surpass the importance of his own self-esteem. To have reached such a point, it shows the amount of loneliness Quoyle endures and its impact on his self-opinion. Additionally, Quoyle’s unattractive chin, the part of his body that he was conscious and afraid of showing, is a symbol of self-respect.
He does it to protect Pony and so the gang would love him more and let him be a part of it. When Johnny saves the children from the church, his lack of acceptance make him feel worthless, so much so he believes the kids he saved deserve to live more than he does. When Johnny is dying in hospital, the people he wants to see are the greasers, and know body else. Even when his mother turns up to see him he says “I don’t want to see her, she has never loved me” (chp.11). This shows he how much love he didn’t get from his parent, and the only love he got was from the greasers.
Of Mice and Men In Of Mice and Men lots of the characters have many troubles and problems: primarily with loneliness and segregation for being different which make you sympathize the characters. Lennie is the most obvious character to sympathize as he gets killed at the end of the novella and seems to have a child like mind as shown by how Slim notices this by saying “He jes like a kid” Steinbeck shows Lennie as childlike to show that Lennie is innocent, this is used to show that when Lennie does something wrong he does not do this to be cruel but he is just oblivious to what he is doing. Secondly, Steinbeck likens Lennie to an animal through the way Lennie moves; “dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws” which shows Lennies vulnerability as when he is killed he is not aware of what is going to happen which is similar to how the way Old Candy’s dog was killed as the dog did not know what was going to happen to it and just followed Carlson unaware of Carlson’s intentions; this trusting nature of Lennie makes the reader sympathize him.