Of Mice and Men
The novella “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck teaches a lot about human behavior. We learn that each character’s past experiences, attitude, emotion, and their authority all have a great affect on the way they behave. The whole concept of human behavior is what ties together the themes of this short novel. Some of these themes include the impossibility of achieving the American dream, loneliness vs. companionship, and the predatory nature of human existence. Throughout the story these are reoccurring themes that are vital to comprehending the story.
The theme of the impossibility of achieving the American dream is a huge part of the story. Many ...view middle of the document...
He often tells Lennie of their future on the ranch and all the different animals they wish to have and each time he repeats this story he starts believing himself more and more. Lennie is completely convinced that they will someday own this ranch. Lennie is a huge part of why they cannot chase after this dream. He has some mental disabilities that restrain him from doing a lot of things the other men his age can do. He acts as if he is in the same state of mind as a child.
The theme of loneliness vs. companionship also plays a large role in this novella. Each of the characters are lonely, but in many different ways. Crooks and Curley’s wife are both lonely in the same manner. They are each desperate for some sort of human interaction. The other characters in this book already have a prejudgment on the both of them; Crooks because he is black and Curley’s wife because she is a woman. Lennie and George are different from the other characters in the story because they had each other. They would do absolutely anything for the wellbeing of one another. In the story George would tell Lennie he always made sure that he would tell him know different they are from the others, and how lucky they are because they have each other unlike the others at this time. They were looked at as being strange because it was not common at all to see two men traveling together as they did. In this way they were lonely because they couldn’t really relate to anyone and not many people understood them, or accepted them. The character Candy and his dog have sort of a similar companionship as George and Lennie. No one can understand why Candy puts up with his dog, just as no one understands how George puts up with Lennie. There is a huge difference between being lonely and being ALONE.
The theme of the predatory nature of human existence is also an essential part of the novella. The predatory nature of...