Girl Moved To Tears By Of Mice And Men Cliffs Notes

876 words - 4 pages

The Onion's article, "Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes" (2006) explains the reaction and reasoning behind University of Virginia sophomore communications major Grace Weaver and her choice to read the Cliffs Notes version of Of Mice and Men over the original. The Onion develops the major claim by including specific quotes from Weaver about her efforts in reading these Cliff Notes and the personal effect these summaries had on her while also going deeper by looking at her choice to read these summaries instead of the actual book. The Onion's purpose is to entertain readers with Weaver's experience in "reading" Of Mice and Men in a sardonic and cynical manner in order to bring awareness to a lack of understand and competence that can come with taking the shortcut with a task that deserves an actual attempt. Because of The Onion's use of direct quotes and small but forceful commentary, the tone is satirical and critical to an audience of individuals who have read Of Mice and Men and can laugh along with The Onion at Weaver's short-sighted pursuits and amateur response to the book she didn't really read which can serve as a reminder to the mediocre outcome that results from laziness.
A satirical point that the author talked about briefly was Weaver's choice to not read the short, original novel, but the even shorter novel summary. The satire is effective because of how the authors describes the book. By including small lines such as "the most skillful example of American naturalism under 110 pages" and "Weaver's choice to read the Cliffs Notes instead of the pocket-sized novel", the brevity and literary relevance of this book is emphasized greatly. To include how short this novel is makes Weaver look positively incompetent for wanting the even further condensed version of what is already limited.
The other very important satirical point made in this article is how Weaver talks highly of her knowledge and experience that she acquired from reading the skeleton of the narrative and the evident emotional impression this brief outline had on her. This is satirical because of the author attacks and makes fun of Weaver for her fraudulent love and appreciation for a piece of work that she didn't really take the time or put in the effort to read. It's as if someone is saying they're a huge fan of a band, even though they have only listened to one song and their opinion of the band is just one they read online written by an actual fan. By including quotes from Weaver such as "There's something to be said for putting in that...

Find Another Essay On Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

1129 words - 5 pages Of mice and menI will be writing this essay on "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. This book is about a couple of friends called George, the leader and Lennie who travel together. They work at ranches, but because Lennie always mucks it up, as you will see, they have...

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

773 words - 3 pages In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the feminist lens is represented in many different ways throughout the novel, including actions and comments different characters make. Most of these events are surrounded by the character Curley’s Wife. Curley’s wife is a character who is known for her not being trusted by any of the workers on the ranch, and for fooling around with other men besides her husband, Curley. For instance, when...

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

1307 words - 5 pages Controversial responses about the appropriateness of adolescent novels had been defied since the early 1800-1900 in America. Published adolescent books are continuously being challenged by parents, students, and even teachers in concern to the immoral values taught in the academic environment. The early exposure to the nature of sex, racism, death, and poverty marks the concern to many of these prosecutors. However, ironically these concerns...

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

2035 words - 8 pages Biography: The author of Of Mice and Men is John Steinbeck. John was born in Salinas, California, on the 27th of February 1902. John had two older sisters and one younger sister, making him the only son to his parents. The Steinbeck’s family was not wealthy, but they did hold much significance in their small community due to their involvement around Salinas. Unlike his family, John wanted little to do with their small community and was seen as...

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

773 words - 3 pages Critical Evaluation - Of Mice and Men"Of Mice and Men" is one of John Steinbeck's most famous novels. The novel portrays lonely people chasing after broken dreams. Steinbeck highlights the tragic position in which most of the characters exist. It is set in the 1930's at the time of the "

"Of mice and men" by John Steinbeck.

683 words - 3 pages Of Mice and Men"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is about two friends who travel together, George and Lennie. George is a little man, who is very level-head and smart. Lennie, on the other hand, is a big man, who doesn't act like a man. Lennie is...

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinback

819 words - 3 pages George and Lennie are two men, who share a dream; that one day they may buy a home of their own. There Lennie will be able to take care of the rabbits. Although Lennie has the body of a man, he has the mind of a child.The two men arrive on a ranch near the town of Soledad, where they are...

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

1641 words - 7 pages Mother Theresa (1910 – 1997) once said, ‘‘Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.’’ Without friends and companions, people begin to suffer from loneliness and solitude. Loneliness is an inevitable fact of life and cannot be avoided, as shown prevalent through particular characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Most of the characters in this novel exhibit loneliness and the only thing that keeps them alive...

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

1692 words - 7 pages Life Is Not A Bed of Roses Life is not a bed of roses. People use this expression to stress the fact that there are and will be difficulties in life. John Steinbeck, in his novella Of Mice and Men, does not fall short of the same views. It takes place in the year 1937, a period associated with the Great Depression, and illustrates the hardships of the time, and more so those that laborers such as George and Lennie experience. Life proves to be...

"Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck.

751 words - 3 pages Essay Question: Describe how loneliness affected three of the characters from 'Of Mice and Men,' and also discuss what leads up to their loneliness, and in the end, tragedy.Description: In the novel "Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck, loneliness is one of the key factors of the tragic final events. This essay describes the...

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 2312 words

2312 words - 9 pages Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Without much doubt, reading the novel 'Of Mice and Men' does not prove to be a positive story. Its main input is sadness whether through loneliness or unhappiness in the hearts of the characters in the general social and economic environment of the time. The social context of the story is destined for loneliness as the novel was set in the times of 'Depression'-times where employment...

Similar Essays

Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck 1012 Words

1012 words - 4 pages Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Life is an array of emotions and experiences. At times it blesses us with experiences that instill feelings of happiness and joy, in which we are able to celebrate life and all it could offer us. Other times life hits us in the face, letting us endure hardships, sadness, depression and loss. Most may argue that Of Mice and Men is either intended to celebrate the joys of life or meant to be a depressing book....

Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck 1285 Words

1285 words - 5 pages Symbolism in Of Mice and Men Symbolism is a person, place, or thing which has a meaning in itself but suggests other meanings, as well. There are many instances of this throughout Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Symbolism in books allows characters, places, and things to have many meanings and help explain the main points and themes of the book. This helps Of Mice and Men show the themes of innocence, loneliness, fidelity, dreams, Lennie’s...

Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck 1201 Words

1201 words - 5 pages In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness to show that loneliness is unhealthy, and dangerous to a persons well being. He used the death Candy's Dog to symbolize the fate waiting for anyone who has outlived...

"Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck.

644 words - 3 pages The American Dream and how it affects the LennieA lot of people have their own individual American Dream. Most dreams usually involve visions of what they want their lives to be. Everyone's dream can be different but usually includes being wealthy enough to enjoy life as they choose. In