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Explore The Ways Minor Characters Are Presented In Of Mice And Men Gcse Year 11

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Explore the ways minor characters are presented in Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men’ was written in 1930’s by John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” was set just outside Soledad in Southern California, it was written during ‘The Great Depression’. The inspiration for the novel came from Steinbeck’s life as an itinerant workers as a ranch hand. The book is about two main characters George and his simple minded friend Lennie and the struggle they go through in order to gain the subsistence of life.

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He just uses sarcasm and irony as defence. We sympathise with him because he suffers racial discrimination and is disabled, but try to thinking about the ways he does not help himself and perhaps contributes to his own loneliness. ‘You guys is just kiddin’ yourself. You’ ll talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won’t get no land.’ So, Crooks’s structural role in the novel is to appear two-hirds of the way in and to forewarn and prepare you for the destruction of George and Lennie's dream.

Candy is described as a ‘Tall stoop shouldered old man’. This clearly illustrates that he is elderly. He has lost his right hand in a farm accident and is now reduced to the meanest job on the ranch – that of ‘swamper’ or menial cleaner. But Candy was once a more powerful, effective person. He was not old, he did not lost his arm and he was far superior than he is now. Candy is patient and capable of concern, capable of making human contact, but that is not enough to be respectable. He doesn’t have anything, what he has it is just his dog. Candy is also described through his dog, ‘a drag – footed sheep dog, grey of muzzle and with pale, blind old eyes. ‘ The author compares Candy’s and his dog relationship with George and Lennie’s. Candy’s relationship with his dog is like George’s relation ship with Lennie, not something rational, but an antidote to loneliness. Candy rather like his dog, is old, infirm and weak. One of the strongest statements in Of Mice and Men is that such people are worthy of our attention and our respect.

Curley’ wife is the only woman in person in the book. She’s introduced as a’tart’ and is seen as ‘jai bait’ by the ranch hands. ‘He say he was gonna put me in the movies’. This graphically depicts that she is an excellent example of the portrayal of the...

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