In his classic novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck suggests that society segregates the unprivileged. Of Mice and Men originates in 1937 where people were segregated against for all types of reasons. The main characters consist of george, who is a normal but poor guy, lennie who is a strong giant with mental illness, and all they want is a nice farm home to live on there own with each other. His use of symbolism and allegory to show how black, whites, mentally ill, and the poor were excluded from society. However, this is untrue in modern day society. In today’s world, everybody is accepted no matter how they look or act.
Steinbeck uses symbolism through different characters such as Lennie and Candys old dog who are useless and all they can do is depend on people to help them survive. When George and Lennie go to Candys barn everyone can smell the dog from a mile away, they know it has no use and depends on Candy. “Whyn’t you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away, Got no teeth, damn near blind, can’t eat, Candy feeds him milk, He can’t chew nothing else (Steinbeck, 29). Candys old dog has no point of living because it is suffering due to its inability to survive on its own. Lennie is also useless and depends on george because he has random stupid actions that lead him to bad things. ”Don’t you go yellin’,’ he said, and he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish, And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck.” (Steinbeck, 56). Lennie can’t control himself and always has to have George look after him so he doesnt get into trouble.
George and Candy also show symbolism through each other by taking care of people who can’t fend for themselves such as Lennie and Candys old dog. Why did you get killed? You aint so little as mice, I didn’t bounce you hard, Now maybe George ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits if he finds out you got killed (Steinbeck, 58). Lennie can not function on his own as a human being and always thinks, and relies on George for everything. Candys dog symbolizes George because they are the exact same way. Candys dog has a series of problems that doesnt allow him to be active and herd sheep because of his old age. Due to this Candy is forced to tend the dog himself and do everything for it. Got no teeth, Can’t eat, Candy feeds him milk, He can’t chew nothing else, And leading’ him around on a string so he doesn’t bump into things (Steinbeck, 29). Candy has to tend to his dog for its survival or else it would not get anywhere and die much like Lennie without George.
George and Lennie’s farm dream symbolises the possibility of freedom, self-reliance, and protection from the cruelties of the world. The farm is a paradise for men who want to be masters of their own lives and not be segregated against. O.K. Someday-were gonna get the jack together and were gonna have a little house and a couple of acres and a cow and some pigs- An live off the fatta the lan, Lennie shouted, An have rabbits (Steinbeck, 15). They have big dreams about being free men and not having to work for anyone and just live a life of peace and prosperity. Go on, George! Tell about what were gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it, Tell about that George (Steinbeck, 15). Theyve pictured there dream so vividly and put so much thought into it that you know that they need freedom after so long of segregation.
Steinbeck also uses allegory to show segregation between different types of people. For example Curleys wife shows how women were treated during the 1930s in the USA. God Almighty, did you smell that stink shes got on? I can still smell her, Dont have to see her to know shes around (Steinbeck 27). Women are not treated as equal as others and are spoken about negatively by their peers, as of today where everyone is treated equally not depending on their gender. Listen to me you crazy bastard, Dont even look at that bitch, I dont care what she says or does, Ive seen em poison before, but I aint never seen no piece of jailbait worse than her (Steinbeck, 27). Curley’s wife is so segregated against that she isnt even given a name besides Curley’s wife which is basically making it seem like he owns her. The only names she is referred to is bitch, tramp, and Curley’s wife. Awright,” she said contemptuously. “Awright, cover ‘im up if ya wanta. Whatta I care? You bindle bums think you’re so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid? I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not just’ one, neither. An’ a guy told me he could put me in pitchers ” She was breathless with indignation. “Saturday night. Ever’body out doin’ som’pin’. Ever’body! An’ what am I doin’? Standin’ here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffsa nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheepan’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.” Candys wife couldve been a star in the making, but instead due to segregation she didnt become one and ended up living on a ranch getting chased by her husband constantly
I AM GOING TO USE ANIMALS FOR NEXT ALLORGEY- THEY ALL SYMBOLIZE HOW THEY WERE TREATED IN THE 1930S.
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