Of Mice and Men Emotions

In the following essay I will be writing about and exploring what feelings Steinbeck communicates in his novella ‘of mice and guys’. The novella was the second of Steinbeck’s ‘dustbowl’ trilogy. These books were based on Steinbeck’s own very first hand experience against the back drop of depression-era America where he ended up being concerned with the exploitation of migrant employees and exposing the institutionalized bias (bigotry, ageism and sexism) of the migrant workers themselves, thus the trilogy.

The novella shows a reliable state of awareness in which delight, fear, sadness and hate is experienced as differentiated from cognitive and volitional state of consciousness. The primary style/ feeling that are conveyed are solitude. Steinbeck uses several linguistic language strategies to illustrate this. These consist of: adverbs, speech verbs, imperative verbs, adjectives, abstract nouns, rhetorical concerns and much more. Nevertheless the opening of the novella displays a bond of friendship and good understanding revealed by George and lennie.

Steinbeck writes “he pulled his hat down a bit more over his eyes the method George’s hat was.” Our immediate interpretation is that Lennie admires George as a good example, the quote “way George’s hat was” infers that Lennie appreciates George as somebody who can direct him and teach him just like a more youthful bro’s mindset would be towards an older brother or sister. Steinbeck writes “Lennie looked timidly over to him. “George?” “Yeah, what ya want?” “Where we goin’ George? “… “So you forgot that currently did you?” this indicates that without George, Lennie would be hopeless and would get no where due to the fact that he would constantly be lost. When Lennie says “where we goin'” he sounds slightly concerned, this will be because he knows that George will get angry at him since he is constantly having to remind him on the objective. The word “currently” recommends that Lennie is constantly forgetting things and George is getting more and more fed up. The adverb “timidly” suggests that George often snaps with Lennie and now Lennie has found out to approach him differently when he is mad so he won’t get as upset.

This implies their relationship is strong as they understand how to approach each other revealing a practically brotherly relationship. This also portrays Georges frustration and anger towards lennie however, unlike other migrant employees at the time, it does not originate from the face the he is lonesome and separated however due to the fact that of the fact the he somebody there for him that he can speak to. George states “where the hell would you go?” the fact that this concern is rhetorical shows that George knows that it’s an empty threat.

However the taboo language “hell” provides the impression that George is a little concerned and not entirely persuaded. This reveals the concern and compassion that he has for lennie, and likewise revealing that not just can lennie not cope without George but George can not cope without lennie. Steinbeck’s purpose was to show George and Lennie’s bond of friendship and how unlike other migrant employees, their negative emotions does not come from the truth that they are lonely and isolated but the truth there is a companionship and the sense of a bond in between them, showing how strong their bond of relationship truly is.