Allegory– of Mice and Men
The Webster’s definition of an allegory is “the expression by ways of symbolic imaginary figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human presence”, Steinbeck made his novel “Of Mice And Men” an allegory of the well-known biblical story of Adel and Cain. Adel and Cain were the sons of Adam and Eve, whom were said to be there very first people ever on earth.
Adel and Cain both presented God with a present, “Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the [Him] and “Abel provided … some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions”, God liked Abel’s gift more therefore, out of jealousy, Cain led Abel to a field and killed him. As punishment, Cain was sentenced to be an uneasy wanderer on the earth and “whoever discovers [him] will eliminate [him]. This story is similar to Of Mice and Male in the belief that we are all descendants of Cain.
The men on the ranch live life restlessly, constantly moving around and alone. This style is carried additional with using the letter “C”, and the absence of names with the letter “A”, in a lot of the names of main characters in the book. The “C” representing as soon as again the connection the rancher’s lives need to the fate Cain was sentenced with. Slim’s name, strangely enough, does not begin or contain either letter. This might show that Slim’s position in the novel is one that is more “god like” than that of other ranchers.
He is first referred to as extremely capable, that there was a “gravity in his manner and a peaceful so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke”, “his authority was so great that his word was handled any subject”, he “heard more than was stated to him”, and had “comprehending beyond thought”. Everyone in the ranch admires him, and respects him. God punished Cain and Abel’s moms and dads, Adam and Eve, after eating the prohibited fruit with the job of needing to work to make shelter, and needing to work the land for food.
This ties in with the setting of the story, as all the ranchers need to work the land in order to live. George A man who fasts to anger, amusing, and gentle; He is Lennie’s caretaker, and though he discusses that Lennie is a concern to him, their relationship is something that is irreplaceable. George is required face the reality of his long held dream and make the decision to eliminate Lennie himself, at the end of the novel. Which reveals his understanding of the truth of the situations he is faced with. * “No– look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stick with me. (PG 13) *” ‘You ‘an me can get that little location, can’t we, George?’ … ‘He usta like to find out about it a lot that I got to thinking perhaps we would.'” (PG 94) Curley The one in charge’s kid, and rather insecure about his marriage and height. He is constantly eager to pick a battle, particularly with guys that are larger than him, like Lennie. Curley looks for fights with him whenever he can, throughout the book, and when Lennie kills his wife he utilizes it as a reason to get Lennie. Which, in turn, drives George to eliminate Lennie himself. * “that golve’s fulla Vaseline” (PG 27) * “Curley’s gon na want to shoot ‘im.
Curley’s still mad about his hand” (PG 97) Crooks A black guy that lives isolated and alone on the ranch. He’s a stable buck, and those he rejects it, dreams of the business of somebody else. He seems to be a bit irritable, and unwelcoming. Especially when Candy and Lennie enter into his space, but quickly heats up to them. His self-confidence is quickly raised with little compassion, he sometimes abuses this, however at the exact same time lowered with the smallest discrimination as well, as revealed by Curley’s partner, as she gets in the space while Crooks, Sweet, and Lennie are talking and “puts criminals in his location. * “A man goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the person is, long’s he’s with you.” (PG 72) * “Crooks has actually reduced himself to nothing. There was no character, no ago– nothing to excite either like or dislike … [He] sat perfectly still, his eyes prevented, whatever that might be hurt attracted” (PG 80) Lennie Childish and simple, Lennie is very forgetful and cares very much for his good friend, George. He counts on George for nearly everything, and trusts him completely. He doesn’t acknowledge his own strength, and due to the fact that of that lots of issues are triggered. “Ain’t no one goin’ to expect no hurt to George”(PG 72) * “He shook her then … her body flopped like a fish … then she was still, for Lennie had actually broken her neck” (PG 91) Sweet A veteran rancher, he works as a swamper on the cattle ranch. Candy is the very first one to present himself to Lennie and George as they get here on the ranch. He joins in their dreams to own a ranch of their own, and even provides to pay for some of it and assist. He supports Lennie and George constantly throughout the unique, and always takes their side.
He likewise cares quite about his buddy, an old dog. Who is shot in the back of the head by Carlson, who presumes that since he is worthless that he is no longer of usage. *” ‘Let’s get it over with’ [Carlson] stated … Candy whispered and hopelessly, ‘Awright-Take ‘im'” (PG 47) * “S’pose I went in with you men. That’s 3 hundred an’ fifty dollars I ‘d put in” (PG 59) Curley’s Other half She imagines being an actress, and living the great life. She never ever wished to wed Curley, and she is sorry for ever deciding.
The males on the ranch believe she’s a little a tart, due to the fact that of the way she gowns and takes a look at the other ranchers. Due to the fact that of that, she feels separated and annoyed that she can not talk to anybody besides Curley. She winds up being killed by Lennie, right after informing him everything about her and her dreams. * “I coulda made somethihn’ of myself … a show come through, an’ I fulfilled one of the stars. He states I could go with that show … If I ‘d went, I would not be livin’ like this, you bet” (PG 88) * “Believe I don’t like to talk to someone ever’ from time to time?” (PG 77) 1.
In the wilderness, away from the city a. “the wet flats are covered with the night tracks of ‘coons … split wedge tracks of deer” (PG 1) 2. California, pacific coast b. “The strong and rocky Gabilan mountains” (PG 1) 3. Sun is still effective throughout the day c. “the water is warm” (PG 1) 1. Autum a. “Leaves lie deep therefore crisp” (PG 1) 2. Post industrial revolution b. “knocking makers” (PG 8) 3. 20th Century c. “Bastard bus driver” 1. Travel a lot, don’t have numerous valuables a. “Unslung his bindle” (PG 3) 2. Don’t have much cash b. “Well, we ain’t got any [ketchup] (PG 3.
Comfy circumnavigating, utilized to sleeping outside. c. “made their beds on the sand” (PG 16) * Represents the needlessness of ineffective things and foreshadows Lennie’s death. * Represents the seclusion of the ranchers, Crooks, and Curley’s better half, in the novel. * Represents lust and temptation to sin in the novel. Red is the colour of blood (to represent the deaths in the book) and red is also the colour used by Curley’s other half. * Symbolizes the flickering, and fragile imagine the ranchers and Curley’s spouse. * Represents the diversity at the cattle ranch, and how there are all kinds of men there.