In the reasonably depressing novella Of Mice and Male, John Steinbeck has compassion with poverty-stricken characters that are stuck working towards the helpless American Dream. He represents the guys and ladies as human monsters, stranded in a world of limited social functions, intolerance, and unlimited labor. Steinbeck juxtaposes this reasonable representation of life with the character’s concentrate on a dream world that consists of liberty, uniqueness, wealth, success, and commitment. His simple writing style permitted the story to be extensively understood by those captured in the Great Depression’s soul-sucking grasp at the time of publishing, and by anyone from teenagers to grownups today. By making a connection with the audience, presenting strong symbolism, and using vernacular diction, Steinbeck subtly argues that the typical dreams of individuals in this period were unattainable and led only to a miserable cycle of work and catastrophe while informing the reader of the real social conditions of the 1930’s working class.
Steinbeck stimulates the reader’s love by having them have compassion with George and Lennie’s scenario and breaks their hearts by presenting the men’s complex relationship that ended with a depressing death. By making use of vibrant images, Steinbeck has the reader horrified at the living scenario the males are facing. At the very beginning of the book, the reader feels sorry as George and Lennie just have beans to consume for supper, and is later revolted when George finds a can at the bunk home that says “… positively kills lice, roaches and other scourges'” (Page 18). Through his encouraging tone, Steinbeck shows how primary character George needs to be strict at times with the psychologically impaired Lennie, gets mad at him in some cases, however softens up because he can’t bear to see him disturbed. On page 32, George screams and cusses at Lennie, “‘Listen to me, you insane bastard … don’t you even take a look at that bitch'” (Page 32) in an effort to save Lennie from possible dispute. Once the climax of the novel, Lennie’s death, rolls around, the reader is greatly bought the character’s relationship and feels hatred towards George as he selfishly murders the disabled man to try and keep his own task and future wealth. By getting them attached to the story, Steinbeck proves to the reader that individuals of the 1920s and 1930s suffered through less than ideal living conditions, quit relationships and accepted brutal disaster in the name of the American Dream.
Steinbeck presents numerous themes throughout the book that support his argument, and a significant kind of this significance is the use of settings as symbols. At the very start of the book, Steinbeck presents the swimming pool and brush by the river. This pool represents safety, freedom, and privacy. The characters take pleasure in the separation from society; when Lennie asks why they’re sleeping near the swimming pool George replies “‘Tomorra we’re gon na go to work … Tonight I’m gon na lay right here and search for. I like it'” (Page 8). Steinbeck continues to tie in this oasis later on in the story; Lennie leaves to the “deep green … quiet pool” (Page 99) after his criminal activity, anticipating George to meet him there. Steinbeck skillfully uses significance to depict the unattainable American Dream by contrasting picturesque settings with dismaying tragedies; the location that Lennie pictured to be his safe haven ended up being his death bed.
To capture the reader and enable them to really understand the character’s, Steinbeck skillfully uses vernacular diction. This diction illustrates exactly how the working class of California talked and acted in the 1930s; a quality of literary realism referred to as regionalism. Wandering off from the formal, tidy writing of his predecessors, Steinbeck squanders no time at all in revealing the reader that George and Lennie needed to walk “‘… [A] God damn near four miles,'” since their truck driver was “‘Too God damn lazy to bring up'” (Page 4). This usage of cuss words, of how the guys truly talked, permits the reader to not just much better comprehend what Californian working life was actually like but how George genuinely feels. Steinbeck never ever makes the reader guess at how a character feels, rather utilizing uncomplicated adverbs to show the character’s present emotions. For example, throughout a bedroom conversation, “Carlson said casually ‘Curley remained in yet? … Whit said sardonically ‘He spends half his time lookin’ for her, and the rest of the time she’s lookin’ for him'” (Page 53). Steinbeck utilizes words and spellings that are not classically considered appropriate in order to represent how working life actually was and to give the reader insight into the real sensations of 1930s citizens.
Of Mice and Male informs the reader of the severe reality of 1930s working life while conveying the message that the fascination with the American dreams of wealth and autonomy resulted in needless catastrophes and damaged relationships. Steinbeck’s helpful however simple and truthful tone enables the readers to comprehend precisely what he is trying to say. Through making use of literary gadgets, consisting of emotional appeals, powerful importance, and regionalistic word option, Steinbeck attains his goals of exposing the lives of 1930s working males and shaming their fascination with the American Dream.