How Unhappy Are The Characters In Of Mice And Men

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Do You Think That Every Character in 'Of Mice and Men' is Unhappy, are some Unhappier than others? John Steinbeck wrote 'Of Mice And Men' in 1937. It is based on two men, George and Lennie, who travelled from ranch to ranch. George is a small and fairly intelligent man while Lennie is a large man of very little intelligence. They had travelled together for a long time. The story 'Of Mice And Men' is set in 1930's America. During this period of time there was a depression in America. Unemployment was high, so men moved from ranch to ranch looking for work, never staying in one place long enough to firm any real relationships, so this was a very lonely and unhappy existence. John Steinbeck uses a fairly descriptive style of writing for the ranch, and this adds a touch of realism to the story. The characters and places he creates seem real, and he uses real places to mark the general area that the story is set in, the Salinas River, for example.There are two characters that seem to be reasonably happy throughout the story they are whit and Carlson. This may be because we don't hear about them often, Steinbeck puts across that they are happy, as they do not have any idea of what is actually going on around them, as shown after George shoots Lennie and Carlson remarks 'now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?' Whit and Carlson also seem to enjoy their job and don't complain about it. These two characters don't seem to understand what a friend is, shown on pages 74 to 75 when Carlson shoots Candy's only friend in his life, his dog. Carlson doesn't appear to see what causes candy so much grief 'I don't see no reason for it, let's get it over with, we can't sleep with him stinkin' around in here' In the book the character Slim seems to be content with who he is, he seems to have a very powerful appearance on the ranch, on page 66 Steinbeck writes 'George looked over at slim and saw the calm God-like eyes fastened on him.' Slim is the only character in the book that understands what is going on around him on page 71 slim donates a pup to candy to replace his soon to be killed best friend, his dog. Slims superiority returns on page 72, 'Candy looked helplessly at him, for Slim's opinions were law.' Curley is very insecure about himself, as he is a small man so opposes large men as he envies them, on page 90 he picks a fight with Lennie, in which he soon loses 'come on ya' big bastard. Get up on your feet no big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me.' Curley also knows that the only reason he is allowed to stay at the ranch is because his father is the boss, so he will not be sacked, I believe that this also contributes to his insecurity. Curley is married to the only woman on the ranch and she was forced into it, so Curley would be very lonely leading to unhappiness. He is also very frustrated about his wife, with his inability to please her behind closed doors and that she is never in contact with him, she's always off looking at other...

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