Allegory– of Mice and Male
The Webster’s definition of an allegory is “the expression by methods of symbolic imaginary figures and actions of realities or generalizations about human presence”, Steinbeck made his novel “Of Mice And Guy” an allegory of the well-known biblical story of Adel and Cain. Adel and Cain were the boys of Adam and Eve, whom were said to be there first individuals ever on earth.
Adel and Cain both presented God with a present, “Cain provided some of the land’s fruit and vegetables as an offering to the [Him] and “Abel presented … a few of the firstborn of his flock and their fat parts”, God liked Abel’s present more and so, out of jealousy, Cain led Abel to a field and killed him. As penalty, Cain was sentenced to be an uneasy wanderer on the earth and “whoever finds [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 further with making use of the letter “C”, and the lack of names with the letter “A”, in many of the names of primary characters in the novel. The “C” symbolizing once again the connection the rancher’s lives have to the fate Cain was sentenced with. Slim’s name, oddly, does not begin or include either letter. This might indicate that Slim’s position in the book is one that is more “god like” than that of other ranchers.
He is very first described as very capable, that there was a “gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke”, “his authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject”, he “heard more than was said to him”, and had “understanding beyond believed”. Everyone in the ranch admires him, and appreciates him. God punished Cain and Abel’s moms and dads, Adam and Eve, after consuming the prohibited fruit with the job of having to work to make shelter, and having to work the land for food.
This connect the setting of the story, as all the ranchers need to work the land in order to live. George A male who is quick to anger, witty, and mild; He is Lennie’s caretaker, and though he discusses that Lennie is a burden to him, their friendship is something that is irreplaceable. George is forced face the truth of his long held dream and decide to eliminate Lennie himself, at the end of the book. Which shows his understanding of the reality of the scenarios he is confronted with. * “No– look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I desire you to stick with me. (PG 13) *” ‘You ‘an me can get that little location, can’t we, George?’ … ‘He usta like to become aware of it a lot that I got to thinking perhaps we would.'” (PG 94) Curley The one in charge’s son, and rather insecure about his marriage and height. He is constantly eager to select a fight, especially with people 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 uses it as an excuse to get Lennie. Which, in turn, drives George to kill 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 male that lives isolated and alone on the cattle ranch. He’s a stable dollar, and those he denies it, imagine the business of another person. He seems to be a bit irritable, and unwelcoming. Especially when Candy and Lennie enter his room, however rapidly warms up to them. His self-confidence is quickly brought up with little kindness, he sometimes abuses this, but at the same time reduced with the tiniest discrimination as well, as shown by Curley’s better half, as she enters the space while Crooks, Sweet, and Lennie are talking and “puts scoundrels in his place. * “A person goes nuts if he ain’t got no one. Do not make no difference who the man is, long’s he’s with you.” (PG 72) * “Crooks has minimized himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ago– nothing to arouse either like or do not like … [He] sat completely still, his eyes prevented, everything that might be injured attracted” (PG 80) Lennie Childish and simple, Lennie is very forgetful and cares very much for his pal, George. He relies on George for practically whatever, and trusts him entirely. He doesn’t acknowledge his own strength, and because of that numerous issues are caused. “Ain’t no one goin’ to suppose 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) Candy A veteran rancher, he works as a swamper on the ranch. Sweet is the first one to present himself to Lennie and George as they show up on the cattle ranch. He participates in their dreams to own a ranch of their own, and even provides to spend for a few of it and assist. He supports Lennie and George constantly throughout the unique, and constantly takes their side.
He likewise cares very much about his companion, an old dog. Who is shot in the back of the head by Carlson, who assumes that since he is useless that he is no longer of usage. *” ‘Let’s get it over with’ [Carlson] stated … Candy said softly and hopelessly, ‘Awright-Take ‘im'” (PG 47) * “S’pose I shared you people. That’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I ‘d put in” (PG 59) Curley’s Spouse She imagines being an actress, and living the great life. She never wanted to wed Curley, and she regrets ever deciding.
The males on the cattle ranch believe she’s a little bit of a tart, since of the way she gowns and looks at the other ranchers. Since of that, she feels separated and annoyed that she can not speak to anyone besides Curley. She ends up being eliminated by Lennie, right after telling him all about her and her dreams. * “I coulda made somethihn’ of myself … a program come through, an’ I met one of the stars. He says I could choose that show … If I ‘d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you wager” (PG 88) * “Believe I don’t like to speak to someone ever’ every now and then?” (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 devices” (PG 8) 3. 20th Century c. “Bastard bus motorist” 1. Travel a lot, don’t have numerous belongings a. “Unslung his bindle” (PG 3) 2. Do not have much money b. “Well, we ain’t got any [catsup] (PG 3.
Comfortable circumnavigating, utilized to sleeping outdoors. c. “made their beds on the sand” (PG 16) * Represents the needlessness of worthless things and foreshadows Lennie’s death. * Represents the isolation of the ranchers, Crooks, and Curley’s better half, in the novel. * Represents desire and temptation to sin in the book. Red is the colour of blood (to symbolize the deaths in the novel) and red is also the colour worn by Curley’s other half. * Signifies the flickering, and fragile imagine the ranchers and Curley’s other half. * Signifies the diversity at the cattle ranch, and how there are all kinds of males there.