Hey, I wrote this dummy answer for the may/june 2014 English lit Of Mice & Men question, could someone help mark it out of 30?
In the passage Steinbeck presents George and Lennie’s relationship almost as father and son which is hinted by the way George says ‘Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.’ Demonstrating George’s affection for Lennie though it may be seen as a little bit harsh, it is still clear George has a feeling of responsibility towards Lennie and would be hurt to see Lennie come to harm. Another example of a paternal relationship between George and Lennie is seen in the way they walk together ‘first man stopped short in the clearing, and the follower nearly ran over him’, in the passage the small man is George and the follower is Lennie, given that the follower only stops immediately after George it shows his reliance on him, to dictate when, where and what to do, almost like a child.
It the novel there are many other relationships on the ranch such as candy and his dog, Curley and his wife, and briefly mentioned Carlson and his gun. However, the most relevant are Curley and his wife, George and Lennie, and candy and his dog.
Curley and his wife’s relationship are important as it shows the sexism and how male supremacy was viewed in the days of the great depression. Throughout the novel Curley is seen chasing after his flirtatious wife who frequently pays visits to the bunk house. One of the possible reasons Curley does this is to flaunt his extremely rare ‘possession’ on the ranch which none of the other ranch-hands have, in the second section candy says that Curley said the reason he keeps his glove on at all times is because it’s full of Vaseline, George making the accurate statement ‘that’s a dirty thing to tell around’. This shows that during the time period there was a huge amount of sexism and discrimination against women, men viewing them as objects and home makers before anything else.
The relationship between Candy and his dog is also important as it is clear the dog was Candy’s only companion, and when it died he felt as though he would be forever alone, even when Slim offered a to give him one of the new pups, until he found a place with George and Lennie. The feelings implied by Candy lying still, ‘staring at the ceiling’ after his dog is shot is echoed throughout the novel by all the characters, as they are all alone in some way, this is shown most with Curley’s wife who is trapped in an abusive relationship which she feels she was partially forced into, but also with George as although he is Lennie’s father figure still does not have anyone to converse about his personal problems with, which is what Steinbeck uses slim for, making him just as isolated as the others in relationships.
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- 16-05-2015 17:49