Text Analysis ‘of Mice and Guy’
In the excerpts George and Lennie are 2 buddies, one smart the other intellectually handicapped, both on a ‘mission’ to achieve the American dream. Their journey reveals a lot about the two. Lennie is a follower, in that he follows and imitates George’s every move. Lennie likewise suffers from a mental special needs. It is also comprehended that they are from a working class training. When it comes to Lennie, it becomes extremely clear throughout the novel that he is a ‘follower’.
He follows George everywhere he goes, even going to the extent of mimicing George, “Lennie, who had actually been watching, mimicked George exactly”, (11-17). This clearly and blatantly reveals and supports the ‘fan’ notion, while at the exact same time revealing Lennie’s insecurity. Through his imitating George, Lennie feels a complacency, he feels like he is able to suit, nevertheless, in mimicing George precisely there is also revealed a lack of self-reliance caused by Lennie’s mental impairment. “Even outdoors, one stayed behind the other” (1-8) plainly shows Lennie’s insecurity and absence of self-reliance.
It states that even when they are in an open area, which would certainly be able to help with walking side by side, Lennie still stays behind George. Still the ‘follower’ and insecure; an insecurity spouting from Lennie’s mental state. Lennie has actually lost his self-reliance, another element, which has added to his insecurity. It is clear that Lennie experiences a mental disorder. It can be seen throughout the novel in numerous situations involving his mindset and failure to remember things, however generally through his speech. Aw, leave me have it, George” (11-17) is however one example. The totally incorrect use of words, and grammar reveal that Lennie has mental problems. While it can be said that the discussion is proper for the time, it needs to be said that even for the time in which the book is set, the grammatical mistakes in Lennie’s speech far exceed easy lack of knowledge and occur too often to be possibility mistakes, thus the only likely conclusion is that Lennie has a mental special needs. Also Lennie’s failure to bear in mind things (“So you forgot again, did ya?) clearly shows his mental impairment. In much of the situations where George asks Lennie to recite particular ‘things’ he has instructed Lennie to keep in mind, Lennie will often have difficulties in duplicating them, sometimes forgetting totally in spite of the truth that it was informed to him only moments before. The failure to keep in mind, combined with his bad speech, points plainly to a psychological special needs. Both Lennie and George are from a working class training. This is made relatively clear through the dialogue, but likewise through the description of the clothing they wear. dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons … used black shapeless hats” (1-8) highlights their social status. Likewise the reality that they are taking a trip from ranch to ranch shows that, in spite of the need to move being Lennie’s fault, they require the work to make it through thus they are working class. In summary it is clear that both George and Lennie are shown as working class men and that Lennie is a ‘follower’ due to lots of problems all spouting from his psychological special needs. The context in the book is shown as being a 1920’s, patriarchal, white, Christian society.
Certain referrals in the book are specifically about males, pointing towards a patriarchal society. Language plays a huge factor in determining the age context, particularly the grammar and word/phrases utilized, and the occasional display screens of racism likewise dictate this. The patriarchal society context becomes especially clear at three points in the book. The very first is at the start; “this limb [of the sycamore] is used smooth by men who have actually sat on it” (1-8) is a clear example. The mere fact that the quote particularly refers to guys, shows that the views and worths of the society are sexist.
Likewise in referring specifically to guys it ends up being clear that ladies do not travel, as such they do not search for, or, are not permitted to work. Second of all, it can be translucented the character of Curley’s wife. The mere fact, that the very character that plays the largest part in Lennie’s death and the supreme death of the American Dream for the 2 primary characters, does not have a name goes to show the sexism of society at the time, thus promoting a patriarchal context. Finally it is seen through Curley’s actions towards his wife. “You can talk with people, however I can’t speak to nobody but Curley.
Else he gets mad” (92-97) reveals the domination of the male figure. That Curley has the ability to control his better half in such a way strongly re-enforces the patriarchal view. Language plays a big factor in revealing the age of the context in which the novel is set. The language used in the discussion plays the biggest part in this. The only swear words discussed are ‘Bitch’ and ‘Bastard’, and while these words are still offensive in the novel’s context, they are the only words utilized, determining a much older context. If the text were a modern one the characters would posses a much larger toolbox of swear words therefore, the context is an older one.
Other dialogue features that point towards an older society are making use of grammar, however more importantly the phrases and words used. Words such as “Tramp” and “Jail-Bait” are not terms utilized today (rather replaced by “Slut” and “A ticket to the can” respectively) the previous revealing an older setting. The racism revealed towards Crooks also displays the age of the context of the novel. When Crooks states “I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse … ‘Cause I’m black” (70-77) to Lennie it becomes clear that, in spite of Crooks being a loyal worker, a great male and one who appears to avoid problem, he is still victimized.
Though this racist attitude is a common part of the Southern American culture, the degree of it remains in the unique determines a much older and racist context. So throughout the unique it ends up being clear that the context revealed is that of a 1920s, white, Christian male America. This is translucented the unique reference to males, the control Curley has over his spouse, the language, grammar and phrases used and the bigotry revealed towards Crooks. There are 3 main elements of the American Dream that are represented in the book; they are, ‘Own our own Home’, the ‘Easy Life’ and ‘Happiness’.
All these elements are practically specifically represented through the dialogue. The ‘Own our own Home’ aspect resonates throughout the whole book. The whole series of events within the novel recommend the purpose of conserving adequate cash to purchase Lennie and George their own residential or commercial property. “We’re gon na get the jack together and we’re gon na have a little house and a couple of acres” (11-17). It is apparent that Lennie and George desire to own their own home, satisfying one aspect of the American Dream. The ‘Easy Life’ element is also popular in the novel, though it does not play as big a function as the property element. We’ll just say the hell with goin’ to work” (11-17) plainly shows George’s desire to live the easy life, the life where you really have no requirement to work. This is yet another of the numerous objectives that are achieved when the American Dream is fulfilled. The ‘Joy’ aspect is perhaps one of the most prominent elements of the American Dream that is promoted through the novel. Through Lennie’s constant reference to bunnies, it is clear that Steinbeck has utilized the animal as a sign for happiness. Lennie is constantly at his best acted, calmest and most responsive state when he is considering his bunnies.
This is because he enjoys and as such is able to ‘work’ much better. The bunnies are the last things on Lennie’s mind before he passes away, his best and truest type of happiness, which is really all that the American Dream is about. To conclude, the aspects of the American Dream represented in ‘Of Mice and Males’ are 3 of the most searched for in reality, Owning a home, the Easy Life and Happiness. All are represented through dialogue and all are continuously seen in the characters throughout the book who, in spite of their grand efforts, eventually fail to attain their American Dream.