“Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves.
The shade climbed up the hills toward the top. On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray sculptured stones”. In the story Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck writes about the adventures and struggles of two best friends on a mission to find a better life. Steinbeck describes each character in depth to give the reader a very coherent example.
John Steinbeck effectively conveys the idea of friendships last forever and that hardships in life do not. Steinbeck uses imagery to show the Character foils. The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him; small, strong hands, slender arms, thin and bony nose. Behind him walked his opposite, huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely. ” This quote talks about lennie being the giant character and George being the small character. Lennie could be considered slow but in the story Steinbeck never directly tells the reader.
In this quote they compare Lennie to a bear dragging his paws, they use this metaphor to show how Lennie might be big, clumsy and unintelligent. George is the exact opposite of Lennie. George is small, and very sharp with his remarks. George is very intelligent and astute.
Steinbeck even says “behind him walked his opposite” this shows how diverse the two are. This quote shows exactly how contrasting the two characters are, The way Steinbeck describes them he essentially uses a word for George and then uses the antonym for Lennie.Steinbeck uses quotes to show the character’s relationship and how it is the ideal male relationship. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.
. . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go.
If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us. This quote shows how good of friends George and Lennie are. Most men in today’s world are looking out for themselves and their family if they have one. When Steinbeck says “we got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us”, this shows that they are true friends they are not lonely like other ranchers. No matter how tough their life is they will always have each other and have someone to talk to.
They talk about how they do not need to go to a bar which is a popular thing for ranchers to do because they have each other.Most men do not have a best friend like Lennie and George have their relationship is stronger than some marriages but strictly platonic. Some people might say that a best friend is exactly like the other friend, Steinbeck contrasts that idea by showing how different Lennie and George are. Lennie and George are described as the ideal male relationship, bestfriends should be like George and Lennie. Steinbeck uses The dialog between George and Candy to show their societal importance.
“Says ‘positively kills lice, roaches and other scourges. ‘What the hell kind of bed you giving us anyways?We dontwant no pants rabbits. Tell you what. Last guy that had this bed was a blacksmith – hell of a nice fella and as clean a guy as you want to meet. Used to wash his hands even after he ate. Then how come he got graybacks? ” this quote shows how the bunk house that they are living in is for the destitute.
Steinbeck says that the last guy that slept in their bunks was the cleanest guy that you will meet and he still got the “graybacks”. Their bunk house is full of bugs, so George I skeptical and asks questions about it, then Candy reveals the story about the blacksmith.Bugs usually represent lower class housing , high class people have a tendency to have bug-free houses.
This represents their social importance because they are poor and low on the food chain of social classes. The friendships that last through the worst of times are the friendships that are worth having according to John Steinbeck in his story. George and Lennie are going through an extremely tough time, they have been run out of a town and were stripped of their jobs. After things started going downhill George and Lennie remain the best of friends. Friendships last forever when they are the right friends.