n “Of Rats and Men”, John Stienbeck explores the theme of loneliness, set in the farmland of 1930’s A bunch of states, where Stienbeck grew up.
Stienbeck worked as being a farm palm on his dads land therefore, the countryside explained at the beginning of the book, and a hacienda itself would have been incredibly familiar to Stienbeck. Character types described in the novel are lonely for different reasons based on their cultural status. Age group, Race and Sex are a couple of the reasons to get characters solitude, Stienbeck uses the story to make these kinds of aware in society. George and Lennie are the primary characters in the book; they are migrant workers, whom are men that travel around the countryside harvesting wheat for the farms and doing some other jobs they will find. The “Wall Streets Crash” brought on jobs to become scarce, during the 1930’s, the moment there was incredibly unemployment in the United States.
Agencies were set to send farm personnel to exactly where they were required: “You bear in mind about us goin’ into Murray and Ready’s, and they provide us with work cards”. They gained $2. 55 or $3. 00 every day, plus food and very basic accommodation. These types of people existed very lonesome lives, because they migrated that they had to pick up their roots and move on, automatically and so this kind of what makes them lonely plus it was much easer to get help one-person instead of two or more.
George and Lennie are total opposites. George is decribed as “small and speedy, dark of face with restless sight and sharpened, strong fetures. ” Lennie on the other hand is ” a huge man, shapeless of deal with, with large, pale sight with vast, sloping sholders”. Stienbeck decribes Georges individuality as cautious and protecting while Lennie seems to be alternatively stupid using a child’s mind. He’s very forgetful and likes to family pet nice items with his finger’s “sof’ things”.
George likes to be in impose of himself, and this is why he appreciates enough time out beneath the stars in which he can rest with his friend Lennie. Lennie however , loves being with George and so the period under the stars is treasured, but because he’s with George. George and Lennie share talk about an special relationship like father and son wherever George will help Lennie with everything and looks after him. This is demonstrated when George is talking to Slim about Weed: “We sat in an irrigation throw away “. This shows just how George requires risks to save lots of Lennie.
George sometimes provides the impression that he would go for nothing to carry out with Lennie but it is apparent that George actually depends on Lennie’s companionship, being with someone gives him something to have for unstead of only being a migrant worker: “I got one to look after me, and you acquired me to look after you”, Lennie loves George because George looks after him, George staying the only individual who looks after him, George reveals Lennie tips on how to do things and gets meals for them. George is in control as he will almost everything for Lennie: “I got three cans of beans inside my bindle”. George and Lennie travel togeather although this is simply not usual that is why they are not lonely.
Steinbeck introduces Candy, the old hacienda hand in to the novel being a “tall, stoop-shouldered old man”. Candy is kept on the farm being a janitor, he has one hand after he got the other one caught in a machine. He could be not much make use of for anything at all and he knows this. Candy concerns when he is always to old to do almost anything that he will probably just get ‘canned’, which is why this individual buys in the friendship with George and Lennie. The only thing that motivates Candies is his old puppy “gray of muzzle and with pale, blind older eyes”, which unfortunately is wiped out after Carlson decides to not put up with the smell and Candy is ganged up on to get rid of him; “If you want myself to, I’ll put the older devil away of his misery proper now”.
The ‘American Dream’ is shared by George and Lennie who desire the “little house and a couple of acres”. For American society as a whole, the wish ended with the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Cinema may be the last American dream for a lot of.
Curley’s partner is one: “Could have been in the movies, an’ had good clothes”. Steinbeck describes Thieves with a “lean face padded with profound black wrinkles, and he had thin, pale-tightened lips”. Criminals lives in “a little shed that leaned off the wall with the barn”.
Crooks reserves the only right this individual has, “You got no right to appear in my room”. However , when Lennie switches into Crooks’ area he relaxes and looks forward to the company. Crooks’ job is known as a “Stable buck”, which means he tends the horses.
Dr. murphy is the only dark-colored man in the novel and the other characters’ attitude to him, reveals the position of blacks in the united states at the time. Steinbeck describes Crooks’ past being a peaceful one. Crooks says this to Lennie: “The white kids came to play” “I attended play with them”. This implies that racism did not really influence him when he did not appreciate but his “ol’ man didn’t like that”. This shows how racism could affect his whole life.
The scene in the shed, in which it all looks that he could be finally accepted for who have he is, the reality comes back the moment Curley’s better half says, “listen Nigger” “I could get you strung up”. Because Thieves is dark, he is required to spend his time reading books: “Books ain’t simply no good” “A guy will go nuts in the event that he ain’t got nobody”. Curley’s better half is the just woman on the ranch; the girl cannot break free from the lovemaking image that the men have of her. Your woman, therefore , uses this image as a means of getting noticed.
This wounderful woman has “full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. When George and Lennie first fulfill Curley’s partner George identifies her as “jail bait”. Steinbeck makes the reader go through the same way as the workers in terms of discrimanating.
You is made to feel that Curley’s wife is a “tart”. Workers at the ranch get this impression: “I think Curleys married …a tart”. Yet , the workers happen to be frightened to talk to her.
Curley is known as a boxer and the staff know in the event they get involved with his better half, Curley is going to beat them up. The hasty marriage of Curley and his better half proves to become a failed strive, on her component, to escape her own lonliness. From that which we hear Curley’s wife hitched to revenge her mother. However she discovers that her spouse is not really what she expects, “I don’t just like Curley.
He ain’t a nice fella”. It might appear to start with that the lady likes Curley, as your woman wanders arround looking for him but it soon becomes clear that she’s just trying to find someone to share her emotions with. Curley’s wife explains her lifestyle on the ranch to Lennie as if it can be no good: “I coulda produced somethin’ of myself”. The girl uses her sexual graphic as a girl to get the mens’ attention just so the girl can talk to them.
Nevertheless , this does not generally work as a lot of the men are usually to worried to talk to her. Although Curley’s wife looks and acts like a”tart” she is merely craving focus and this may be the only approach she knows how to get it. By the end of the story, her lonliness causes her to converse with Lennie in the barn in which the irony is that when the lady finally gets someone to speak to, it brings about her loss of life!
Curley’s partner is the patient of sexism, she is lonely because this lady has no one approach as people are afraid approach her. Lennie suffers from splendour because of his learning impairment. The fact that they will be both unequal brings them together in the barn.
Lennie is there to bury his puppy and Curley’s partner is there to have a conversation. In the end, Lennie’s disability triggers her death: “don’t you decide to go yellin” “he shook her and her body flopped like a fish”. The occurrence in the barn affects George, Lennie and Candy’s relationship because Lennie has finally gone beyond the boundary.
When George knows this individual has to get rid of Lennie, then this dream dead with Lennie leaving George and Sweets lonely. “Guys like all of us, that work upon ranches, are definitely the loneliest fellas in the world. ” In conclusion Stienbeck makes mindful a serious trouble leading to loneliness in 1930’s California through his story “Of Rats and Men”.