‘Of Mice and Guys’ was very first released in 1937 during the great depression and has had a terrific impact on workers in America since. Steinbeck got the name of the book from a line in a poem ‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns, the poem checks out ‘The very best laid plans o’Mice an’ Men, gang aft agley, an’ lea’e us nought but sorrow an’ pain for promis ‘d pleasure!’ implying that The best laid schemes of mice and guys, Go frequently incorrect, And leaves us absolutely nothing however sorrow and discomfort, For assured happiness! This connects to the end of the book where George shoots Lennie, this is the part where it frequently wrong because the dream is no longer as big as it was.
The book follows the journey of 2 workers, George and Lennie, taking a trip from Weed across America to the ‘Tyler cattle ranch’ in Northern California.
The book begins by using detailed language to get a photo into the readers mind, ‘Golden foothill slopes’ Steinbeck makes America sound like the ideal paradise even with all the bigotry and discrimination around at that time, individuals still wanted to go there in order to accomplish ‘the American Dream’.
The setting of Soledad I believe, connects to Lennie, ‘Golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains’, this echoes Lennie’s personality as he is calm and mild and has a ‘golden’ personality, however if you say something to distress him he will gradually ‘curve up’ to end up being strong and full of rage with fists as strong as rock. Lennie is an outcast of the group, connecting to isolation as he does not understand whatever everybody says, and he does not understand his own strength.
Lennie is deal with differently by al of the men ain the bunk-house because he is child-like ‘He do not suggest no harm … He’s a hero’ they are trying to be-friend Lennie after what happened to Curley due to the fact that they don’t want to end up with a maimed hand, when they go into town, Lennie is left behind and the males speak with him like a kid, he is a bit ‘sluggish’ and does not comprehend why people treat him differently. Individuals at the bunk-house treat him like a child however they do include him crazes like card games, whereas Curley harms him, and Lennie doesn’t understand why.
George is the brains of the 2, whenever Lennie is in trouble, George is there to get him out of it, this makes Lennie seem like he has a good friend and doesn’t make him feel lonesome. ‘Conceal in the brush till I come for you’ George is revealing Lennie that he will never be alone, ‘I got you to care for me, and you got me to take care of you’ they battle like brothers however will never ever leave each other alone or make each other feel separated in anyway on purpose,.
‘An’ if a fren’ occurred … we ‘d state “Why don’t you remain the night”‘ they would have people who care about them. George has this concept of individuals like them who work on ranches not having any person to care about them, ‘With us it ain’t like that, we got a future’ George is revealing decision to assist Lennie’s dream come to life for them to have bunnies to be Lennie’s good friends so he isn’t lonesome, George wants them to be separated by having their own land where nobody can hurt them, and they can be a family.
I think George does feel lonely however in the way where he can’t speak with anyone other than for Lennie, George has borders for what he can talk with Lennie about in case he forgets it or doesn’t comprehend. When they show up on the cattle ranch, George has a sense of relief when he confides in Slim and tells him what took place back in Weed and also informs him how he used to tease Lennie which’s how they wound up travelling together, George feels less separated since now he has someone to speak with that comprehends what took place and he can let all of it off his chest without snapping at Lennie.
Candy is the oldest worker on the cattle ranch, now no usage to anyone due to an injury that occurred on the cattle ranch, he has just one hand. Candy signs up with George and Lennie in the fight of attaining ‘The American Dream’ and provides money for the farmhouse.’S’present I shared you guys … how ‘d that be?’ Candy starts to feel less lonesome since George is at least considering it at this time, whereas the remainder of the employees wouldn’t even give him an opportunity to speak about imagining it. He doesn’t feel so restricted of where he goes and who he speaks with because he knows he isn’t going to be there for a lot longer.
Candy wasn’t lonesome in the beginning of the book because he had his pet however the rest of the workers thought he was ineffective ‘He ain’t no good to you, Sweet. An’ he ain’t no excellent to himself’ I believe this makes Candy seem like they’re discussing him which links to the loneliness and seclusion because he can’t open up to anybody and I believe Candy feels threatened by George and Lennie’s arrival since each time a new employee occurs, it might imply that Sweet wont be needed any longer.
Sweet I think compares to the ‘ash-pile’ as he has actually ended up being older and more worthless however he has actually become part of the ranch like a landmark. He likewise compares to the limb which I think represents his stump, ‘Worn smooth’ which associates with Candy constantly rubbing it.
Crooks is the only ‘negro’ on the cattle ranch, he is physically isolated by having a room to himself, in a separate structure and not being psychologically able to bring himself to talk with any of the workers, when Lennie initially comes across Crooks, Crooks tries to get Lennie to feel like he feels, and to comprehend how it feels to be separated. The book was written in the 1940’s where the majority of America was segregated, Criminals was segregated and was just permitted to blend with the employees on Christmas.
Curley’s spouse is isolated as she is the only woman on the ranch. She is perceived as hazardous due to the fact that she wears red, ‘She is wearing a dress that reveals her legs and her lips and nails are red’. George informs Lennie to stay away from her because of the dangerous red lips, Candy tells George that she’s a tart but George can see that for himself.
When Lennie remains in the barn burying his pup, Curley’s spouse strolls in and starts speaking about her soft hair, she knew that Lennie was capable of triggering serious pain and damage to somebody, but she didn’t know he can killing someone, Lennie does not understand his own strength.
This is a replay of what took place in Weed as Lennie felt something smooth that he liked and couldn’t release.
The quote at the end of the book ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them 2 men?’ These are the very last words in the book and are spoken by Carlson. Carlson only enters into the book when things are connected to loosing family, he shoots Sweet’s pet and reveals no sympathy towards him. This suggests that Carlson is a very lonely character due to the fact that he does not understand what it resembles to like someone and loose them.
Slim shows sympathy and compassion towards George, and cares for him. This recommends that Slim understands what its like to loose family, and I believe that’s how he ended up alone on the ranch, since he lost his household so he decided to try and accomplish the American Dream of making something out of absolutely nothing.
George needs to release and ‘put down’ his own household, by killing Lennie, he likewise eliminates the dream, not just his, however Sweet’s aswell. George is now not just alone, but has separated himself from everyone much more.
Scoundrel’s forecasts have come true which is not a surprise to him, he’s been there for years and has actually seen loads of workers have the same dream, but never ever thought that them would achieve it.
Completion of the book is exposed for you to think what you desire, if you wish to believe George and Candy got the farmhouse or whether you believe George stayed at the ranch, there is no right answer so you create your own ending.