Of Mice and Men Essay
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Us readers know that Crooks might be intelligent because he owns a few books. Crooks’ room is separate from the others, this has made him bitter and reclusive. You could say he has enclosed himself away in a sort of protective shell. Crooks hates his own room because he is lonely. As Crooks say’s ‘A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody’ and ‘A guy gets too lonely and he gets sick’. He has become bitter and cynical with the racial discrimination he gets and his loneliness.
This is seen when Lennie and Candy talk to him about there dream, he is cynical about it: ‘You guys is just kiddin’ yourself.
You’ll talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won’t get no land’. He is a sceptic. He talks to Lennie about the racism he receives even though he knows Lennie isn’t listening; all he wants is someone to talk to, even if there not paying attention. But Lennie does not see anything but a normal man when he looks at Crooks, so they accept each other’s company. Inevitably Crooks also wants to join Lennie and George’s dream, offering his work and little money he has. Crooks’ dream is acceptance. He thinks if he joined the dream then he wouldn’t suffer racism or be lonely.
He would work for nothing, just ‘his keep’. Crooks wants to be accepted as the same as everyone else. Curley has a wife, known only as Curley’s wife throughout the story, they have been wed for roughly 2 weeks. Curley’s wife has a different type of dream. Instead of something to call her own, she wants fame, fortune and admiration. Curley’s Wife dreams about how she “… coulda made somethin’ of myself… ” referring to her acting career. When she is talking to Lennie, alone in the barn, she recounts her obviously well told stories of her offers of fame.
She seems to have a deep regret that she didn’t take up either of the men on their offers: “If I’d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet. ” She also deeply believes in what she was told by the man who may have been only trying his luck with this woman, not knowing she would take his word as gospel: “He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. ” Curley’s wife is very lonely in her life she says her husband Curley only talks about who he’s gonna beat up next. And he won’t let her talk to anybody else ‘I never get to talk to nobody, I get awful lonely’.
Curley’s wife is always trying to get attention from the migrant workers, so much so that she is known as jail bait cos ‘she gives the eye’ to the other ranch men even though she has a husband. When we first meet her in the story she is heavily made up which is impractical for a working ranch, she uses the fact that she is the only female on the ranch and flirts with them. Curley’s wife does this because she craves attention from the other workers. She has only married Curley to spite her mother. ‘I don’t like curley, he aint a nice fella” she says.
She ran away from her mother because she thought she was throwing away letters from these film stars and preventing her from getting into the ‘pitchers’. Candy is a handicapped worker at the ranch he never really had a dream until he heard about George and Lennies dream. Candy is an old character with only one hand and he knows one day soon that he will have to leave the ranch. Candy sees himself as his dog, that when you get past it then you will be got rid of with no sympathy. Candy dreams of having job security by living and working with George and Lennie.
The story concludes with the dreams of every individual shattered. George and Lennie’s dream is over when George kills Lennie. Curley has no mercy to show as lennie already broke his arm so him and the others set out with intent for Lennie to suffer a painful death. George decides the best thing to do is kill Lennie himself instantly – painlessly. George and Lennie were exceptions to the life of a migrant worker. They “… got somebody to talk to that gives a damn… “. However, due to Lennie’s death, George’s life may well have become as monotonous and lonely as the other migrant workers.
Crooks’ dream is to be accepted. When he hears the dream he thinks if he joins it he would be treated normal, he would be accepted. As soon as he decides he wants to join the dream Curley’s wife walks in and with the confidence he gains from the security of the dream he stands up to Curley’s Wife. But when he argues with her, she reminds him of his place in society ‘I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny. ‘ She tells him. And then ‘crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego – nothing to arouse either like or dislike.
He said, ‘Yes, ma’am,’ and his voice was toneless’. Crooks loses all his confidence at this point and he believes he will never be accepted, he sees that his dream was just a dream. Curley’s wife dream is sadly over when she dies. Lennie has killed his puppy by stroking it to hard and Curley’s wife walks in. Lennie reveals his liking to stroke soft things so she lets him stroke her hair. Lennie strokes too hard on her hair and Curley’s Wife starts to shout, so Lennie covers up her mouth and as she begins to struggle he shakes her too hard which results in her breaking her neck.
Candy faced his worst fear once Lennie had killed Curley’s wife – that the dream wouldn’t go through after all. John Steinbeck’s point was to show that no matter how hard you plan the future something is likely to go wrong. These people need a dream in order to survive – to look forward to something. But in reality their dreams are unlikely to happen. Amaeka Ekpo – 1 – Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.