Niesha Tulloch March 2,2012 American Literature Ms. Patel
One of the major themes of John Steinbeck‟s novel Of Mice and Men is that having a dream brings hope, friendship, and determination, that motivates an individual to strive in life with a sense of importance. These themes are also why Steinbeck created the characters the way he did. George, Lennie, and Candy seemed to be a few of the main characters. There were a few different personalities among the three. George was kind and helpful, Lennie had a mental disability, and Candy was a helpless guy that had lots of love for his dog that his so called buddies killed. Similarities between Lennie and Candy are so similar that you would probably mistake them for the same character. One of the main similarities is that George and Candy just want to get away and live off the ranch. St one point George suggest to Candy that they ...view middle of the document...
Steinbeck does this on purpose to give an idea of marginalization. Crooks is an old “black” bitter guy, although he has all right to be that way. Candy is an old crippled man who has lost his hand and is attached to his aging dog. Candy is a passive man who is unable to take any kind of independent action. Both characters are
lonely in many ways, they don't associate with many people on the ranch and unfortunately don't have a partner. Steinbeck uses many examples of marginalization with Crooks and Candy being lonely. Crooks being the only “black” guy on the ranch, he isn't mentioned too much in the story, his aggressiveness, Candy is old and can barely help himself so not too many people associate with him, he is not much of an help to the ranch just because hes lost a hand; to name a few. Another thing that Steinbeck makes quite obvious is insecurity issues. A few of the characters have insecurity issues. Curleys wife, Lennie, Candy, and Curley. Most of their issues are because they want something or someone but they can't have it as much as they want so they feel bad about themselves because of it. For example, Curleys wife isnt a big fan of her husband only because he never has time for her. He claims to always be busy, that leads to her feeling like shes not good enough for him and it also makes her want to go out and find interest in other men so she'll feel better about herself. Another insecure character would definitely be Candy. Candy is insecure because hes old, cripple and almost useless. Candy thinks that because he lost his hand he doesn't have use for anything or anyone. He can't do much but he has big dreams to go away and live a happy life with George and Lennie. The characters being insecure also leads to marginalization especially in Candys case. This is so because people normally categorize the youth with the elders. Since Candy is old and he feels useless compared to the youts, Steinbecks creates the reading to be that way because he wants it to be marginalized by the yo0ugn and the old;that leads to Candy being insecure as well.