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"Of Mice And Men" Themes Essay

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The book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck left a lot to be discussed. The book itself was interesting, intriguing, and at times suspenseful. John Steinbeck is a very captivating writer, his book was so to the point, but the point was very unclear. The thing about this book in particular, was the character's they were very fascinating and personable, after reading the book you almost feel as though you've met them.In a discussion someone brought up that some of the characters may have somewhat of a predator-like nature. I do agree with this with several characters. One of which is Curley, the boss's son. Curley has one of the most interesting personalities; he is very hot-headed and angry, always looking for a fight. He is very insecure of his size which is shown in the way he where's the high heeled boots and how he is always trying to prove himself by fighting guys twice his size. He is very over-protective of his wife and is eager to fight anyone he perceives as a ...view middle of the document...

This is the characteristic that makes her predator-like, the way she always is poking her head in claiming to be searching for her husband. Most of the workers say she is the reason that Curley is so hot headed. Curley's wife's character is the most complex. Throughout the book she is perceived as a not-so-nice person, but through the end when she talks to Lennie in the barn about Curley, and her dream of becoming a star, you start to feel very sympathetic towards her.When I think of the term predator-like I think of something mean, but on the contrary I think it could also mean the opposite. I think that George has a predator-like attitude a lot throughout the book. George dreams of one day saving enough money to buy his own place and be his own boss, living off of the land. He holds this dream extremely close to him, its his motivation, the thing he works for everyday. I think you could say that is a predator attitude, because he longs for this dream and will do anything to obtain it. Through most of the book you feel a compelling sympathy towards George and his unobtainable dream,""Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want."" (11-12)Another character that first pops into you head is Curley's dad the boss. His part in the book is very insignificant. He is portrayed however with a very strong presence. He too almost has the same temper problem as his son Curley. In the beginning of the story when George is speaking for Lennie, he almost jumps at him that he likes a fight. But at the same time he is also very level-minded, The Boss, on George and Lennie: "Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is" (25).I'm sure there are many character's in which you could characterize as having a predator attitude, but those were just the ones that stood out in my mind. At the beginning of this book, I wasn't very interested and I found my self questioning why this author held so high. However by the end of the book I wanted it to continue on, I wanted to know what happen next. John Steinbeck has lived up to his name in my eyes.

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