Ruined Friendships And Broken Dreams In "Of Mice and Men"
I am here to talk to you about how the book ‘Of Mice and Men’ is pessimistic with the following: incomplete dreams, and ruined friendships. My evidence overshadows what is optimistic. If they think this book is full of a happy future and harmlessness, they are in a rough patch. I will be using 1-6 chapters of the novel as my evidence, as well as quoting what the people said as part of my evidence.
‘Of Mice and Men’ by J. Steinbeck is pessimistic because it has incomplete dreams, starting with Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife thought she could storm into crooks’ home, and say all these critical things with racial slurs. Just because she was married, she thought she owned everything that Curley had. Saying, “sat-day night. Everybody out doin’ som’pin’. Everybody! An’ what am I doin’? Standin’ here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep-an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.” as well as “Listen nigger, you know what I can do to you if you open your trap? You know what I could do? Well, you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” These are the words of Curley’s wife. My evidence shows how Curley’s wife discriminated because she said nigger 3 times in her small speech. She tried to rib everyone else in the process. – my thought, she deserved to die because she rudely attacked the men who were just chillin’.
Curley himself discriminated against everyone else. He made sure he brought only the best of the best with him to go work in the mines. I feel that Curley’s dad was a part of this too, so he isn’t innocent. Because of this, Curley’s wife had to make a scene and pretend to look for Curley so the other boys wouldn’t know they were left behind. This shows discrimination because he had his wife go and create a scene so he can leave the “weaklings” behind. He took George and not Lennie because George is stronger and more “mature”.
‘Of Mice and Men’ is pessimistic because it has ruined relationships and ruined dreams. Starting with George and Lennie, George had to end his best friend’s life for the better good. This is because the other man was gonna rip his head off. Candy and his dog, Carlson killed Candy’s dog, so Candy was now departed from his animal best friend. Lennie and Crooks’ friendship died because of Curley’s wife, she threatened Crooks when he stood up for Lennie. “Curley’s wife laughed. ‘O.K., Machine. I’ll talk to you later. I like machines.’ Candy broke in. ‘You let this guy alone. Don’t you do no messing around say with him? I’m gonna tell George what you says. George won’t have you messin’ with Lennie.’ ‘Who’s George?’ she asked. ‘The little guy you come with?’ Lennie smiled happily. ‘That’s him, ‘ he said. ‘That’s the guy, an’ he’s gonna let me tend the rabbits.’ ‘Well, if that’s all you want, I might get a couple rabbits myself.’ Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. ‘I had enough, ‘ he said coldly. ‘You got no rights comin’ in a colored man’s room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus’ get out, an’ get out quick. If you don’t, I’m gonna ask the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more.’ Then you know what comes next, according to the first paragraph.
All Lennie wanted to do was be with George, but wasn’t able to because George has to kill Lennie. Lennie dreamed of playing with the rabbits with George, but obviously, things didn’t go according to plan. Lennie’s dreams kept getting shut down by other people, this is because they see him as a little kid. Which he mentally is. All Lennie ever talks about is how he is going to be able to tend to the rabbits. He also repeats how George never gonna leave him and he’ll never betray him, but that didn’t go according to plan either now did it. Lennie depended on George all of his life, and so did Aunt Clara. So when George killed Lennie, that was a major betrayal to Lennie. So, the thought of him being able to be with George for the rest of his life; was ruined.
J. Steinbeck`s ‘Of Mice and Men’ is pessimistic because it has a whole lot of death-dealing with Lennie. Everything around Lennie smells like death. This is because Lennie has killed 5 mammals. The very first thing that Lennie killed was a mouse. About 10 mouses were dead so Aunt Clara banned Lennie from having another…
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