George assumes the role of Lennie’s keeper by giving him protection from getting into trouble, being a role model, and giving Lennie a companionship the way a big brother would. If it weren’t for George keeping Lennie out of trouble he would most likely be living a hard life in jail. Throughout the novel Lennie has shown many times that he cannot seem to stay out of trouble, which is when George comes to save the day. For example, George tries to keep Lennie out of Curley’s way, knowing that he has a grudge against him. When George hears that Curley hates big people he takes action knowing that Curley will hurt Lennie at any chance he gets he tells Lennie, “ Look Lennie, You try to keep away from him, will you?
Steinbeck has mentally and emotionally on purpose created two completely opposite characters. We get the sense that George is a parental figure towards Lennie as when George asks Lennie, do you remember where we’re going now? Lennie “looked startled and then in embarrassment hid his face against his knees”, ” I forgot again”. This enables us to understand Lennie’s obliviousness, he doesn’t even remember where he’s going, and he must follow George as though he is his ‘daddy’. Although Lennie is ashamed of his self and ‘embarrassed’ as he “hid his face against his knees”, he has respect for George and is sorry to disappoint him.
And fear the time when the strikes stop while the great owners live—for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken.” | Pg.151 | This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. It was odd at first that Steinbeck started giving war a positive light, however after reading it over I completely agreed with the quote. Man is constantly moving forward step by step. This also reminded me of how in the book Tom was just trying to put “one foot in front of the other” so that he could deal with his situation. Men always advance and as they do, it can be a struggle so it is almost like everyone is just stumbling
Through a dangerous circumstance, Tom Benecke risks his life trying to fill his empty pockets; however, he learns what he should have been filling his pockets with all along. Tom Benecke is a tall, lean, dark-haired man who is more concerned about success at work than the truly important things in his life such as his wife. This character was interesting to me because of the lessons he learns about life and himself throughout the story. I do not like Tom's selfishness and his obsession with work, but in the end of the story I came to admire the choices he makes to change himself. A friend of mine reminds me of Tom because she always puts other things before her family.
It greatly influences the story, what will happen in the story, and what theme the story will communicate. The extremely solid characterization of the two main characters, Doodle and his brother, leads to the finale, which communicates the theme. The clear mistakes made in the story, like the excessive and unsupervised rehabilitation of Doodle, that occur because of the characters characterization, really show the reader what the main characters did wrong, and shows that to the reader not to do it either. After all, as it is said in the story, “Pride is a seed that bears to seeds; life and
He sought to give advice as a peer rather than a parent, which shows his devotion to his son because he is not acting like the dominant father he very clearly is. Chesterfield uses his style of diction mainly for the purpose of showing dominance. He constantly belittles his son and shows his supremacy. The different types of diction used throughout the letter all show in some way the virtues that Lord Chesterfield is imposing on his
Responsibility in Of Mice and Men In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two men, George and Lennie, are both challenged with responsibility. In the story, the two are traveling looking for work. Straight away it is obvious that Lennie has a mental disability that was not specified, and it is shown that George cares deeply for his friend. Throughout this story, responsibility is shown in many ways. Although it is clear George has a greater sense of ability than Lennie, it is seen that Lennie does feel responsible for his actions because of the way he reacts to events in his life.
This is why he is easily led because George told him to fight back against Curley and he did and when George tells him to stop he does. He isn't very powerful because he needs George to look after him and tell him what is right and what is wrong. He has a lot of power over Lennie, for instance, ‘for god sakes don’t drink so much’. He can make Lennie do anything he wants him to do. Furthermore, Slim’s power on the ranch makes him a voice of justice throughout the novel.
When Jack and his group split form Ralph’s, Ralph could feel tension and tried to speak with Jack about peace, but it did not work. In conclusion, Ralph was truly an admirable character. He always sought out to do what was right and be a good leader. That was what made him commendable and set him apart from others. He was willing to put down all childishness so they could all be rescued.
As the boy grows older with this point of view, he comes to know the world as predominantly evil. The isolation of the father and son from the rest of the world because of their being ‘good guys’ and the overt maliciousness of everyone else they come into contact with enforces this view point. The father’s alienation is different. He becomes consumed with the boy’s survival and well-being, not his own. This causes him to make decisions that the boy views as wrong in order to survive.