In the following essay I will be discussing and exploring what emotions Steinbeck conveys 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 first hand experience against the back drop of depression-era America where he ended up being interested in the exploitation of migrant workers and exposing the institutionalized prejudices (racism, ageism and sexism) of the migrant workers themselves, thus the trilogy.
The novella shows an efficient state of awareness in which happiness, fear, grief and hate is experienced as distinguished from cognitive and volitional state of consciousness. The main style/ feeling that are conveyed are loneliness. Steinbeck uses many different linguistic language techniques to portray this. These include: adverbs, speech verbs, crucial verbs, adjectives, abstract nouns, rhetorical concerns and a lot more. Nevertheless the opening of the novella shows a bond of relationship and mutual understanding revealed by George and lennie.
Steinbeck composes “he pulled his hat down a little bit more over his eyes the way George’s hat was.” Our immediate analysis is that Lennie appreciates George as a good example, the quote “way George’s hat was” infers that Lennie admires George as somebody who can guide him and teach him similar to a younger brother’s mindset would be towards an older brother or sister. Steinbeck composes “Lennie looked timidly over to him. “George?” “Yeah, what ya desire?” “Where we goin’ George? “… “So you forgot that currently did you?” this suggests that without George, Lennie would be helpless and would get no where because he would always be lost. When Lennie says “where we goin'” he sounds slightly worried, this will be since he knows that George will get angry at him due to the fact that he is constantly needing to remind him on the goal. The word “already” suggests that Lennie is constantly forgetting things and George is getting increasingly more fed up. The adverb “timidly” implies that George typically gets angry with Lennie and now Lennie has actually learnt to approach him in a different way when he is mad so he won’t get as upset.
This suggests their friendship is strong as they know how to approach each other revealing a practically brotherly relationship. This likewise portrays Georges frustration and anger towards lennie however, unlike other migrant workers at the time, it does not come from the face the he is lonely and isolated however since of the truth the he somebody there for him that he can speak with. George says “where the hell would you go?” the fact that this concern is rhetorical programs that George understands that it’s an empty risk.
Nevertheless the taboo language “hell” gives the impression that George is a little anxious and not entirely encouraged. This shows the worry 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 function was to show George and Lennie’s bond of friendship and how unlike other migrant employees, their negative emotions does not originate from the fact that they are lonely and isolated but the fact there is a friendship and the sense of a bond in between them, showing how strong their bond of relationship really is.