Date of publication: 2017-07-09 01:51
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Candy, for instance, is an aged and hunchbacked man who is thus relegated to a low place in the social hierarchy - he is a swamper. (In contrast, Slim , the most respected and impressive worker on the ranch, is described as ageless. ) Similarly to Candy, Crooks - named for his crooked back - works menial tasks. The relegation of these men to such unrewarding jobs may be cruel, Steinbeck suggests, but so is life. As long as they remain isolated and individualized (rather than collective, where they could find power in numbers), these sub-par people are treated disrespectfully.
If one theme can be thought of as defining the plot and symbolism of Of Mice and Men , that theme is loneliness. In many ways, from the outspoken to the subtle (such as Steinbeck s decision to set the novel near Soledad, California, a town name that means solitude in Spanish), the presence of loneliness defines the actions of the diverse characters in the book.
falling action · Lennie runs away from the barn the men return and find Curley&rsquo s wife dead Curley leads a mob of men to search for and kill Lennie George finds Lennie in the clearing and, while retelling the story of life on their farm, shoots him in the back of the head.
And it s not just the workers - most of the characters in Of Mice and Men exhibit signs of desperate isolation, including those who can be said to have settled into a permanent situation.
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Of the other characters, Crooks and Curley s wife also show signs of desperate loneliness, though they respond quite differently. Each is isolated because of special mistreatment. Because Crooks is black, he is shunned by the other men as we see at the beginning of Chapter Four, he spends his time in his room, alone and bitter. Curley s wife also spends her days hounded by her mean-spirited husband her attempts to reach out to the other men backfire and win her the (not undeserved) reputation of a flirt.
Slim is the jerkline skinner at the ranch, Slim is a seemingly ageless man who carries himself with great gravity. He gives Lennie one of his new litter of puppies to care for. Curley initially suspects that his wife is having an affair with Slim..
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point of view · The story is told from the point of view of a third-person omniscient narrator, who can access the point of view of any character as required by the narrative.