Check your paper » Critical Summary of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men The book Of Mice and Men was set in the depression of the 1930's in
California in a place called Soledad.
One of the themes of Of Mice and Men is that men fear loneliness, that they need someone to be with and to talk to who will offer understanding and companionship....
When looking at the theme of Steinbeck's novel, we should first look
at the title, which is an referral of a line of Robert Burns, a
" The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft aglay."
Which translated in to modern English is:
" The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.
After the tinker leaves, Elisa goes indoors to bathe. She scrubs herself "until her skin was scratched and red" (Steinbeck 335). By this action, Elisa is unconsciously withdrawing back to her feminine side and cleansing herself "of the masculine situation by turning to the feminine world in which she best functions" (Sweet 212). When she dresses, she puts on her best underwear and applies makeup to her face. By doing these purely feminine things, according to Marcus, she hopes to accentuate her role as a woman (56). Henry immediately notices the transformation and compliments her with the feminine "nice" instead of "strong," which is masculine. Elisa prefers "strong," but the meaning of it has changed from "masculine equal" to "feminine overlord" (Sweet 213).
Throughout the story, Elisa suffers a regression from the masculine role she sees as equality to the feminine role she sees as submissive. Her frustration with the male-dominated society causes her to let go of her dreams for liberation and to become what society expects her to be--a passive woman. Steinbeck portrays women according to his time period. Elisa is representative of the women of the 1930's; she has become "the representative of the feminine ideal of equality and its inevitable defeat" (Sweet 213).
Viewed within the framework of present day social constructionist theory or simply post- theory, the current essay Close but not Deep: Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn show how both Critical Hermeneutics and Descriptive Sociology disavow Traditional Humanist categories....
Defined as the interdependence of organisms, symbiosis is the basis of the relationship between George and Lennie in “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
Along with that, vital quotes will also be included if they play a part with the character’s background and their own ‘American Dream’ The great depression was a worrying problem during the timing of Mice and Men....
You never know what you’re gonna get.” These words of wisdom maybe true in some cases but In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, he uses many cases of foreshadowing to help makes future events more predictable.
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men details the lives of several such men and shows that the principle quest of so many was not money or things that money can buy....
The next situation involves the tinker. According to Sweet, he is to Elisa what the meat buyers were to Henry (211). Mordecai Marcus says that Elisa's first response to the tinker is that of a man, for she resists giving him work (56). But as the tinker talks, Sweet points out, Elisa's calculated and conscious masculine efforts become more and more feminine (212). The tinker then hits her in her vulnerable spot--her chrysanthemums. He pretends to be interested in her love for her flowers. He compares her flowers to a "quick puff of colored smoke" (Steinbeck 333). Elisa's feminine side begins to emerge as she takes off her masculine gloves and hat. She is attracted to the tinker because, as Stanley Renner points out, he represents a world of adventure and freedom that only men enjoy (306). She allows her emotions to control her and lets go of her masculine side, freeing her central feminine sexuality, according to Sweet (212). By the time she realizes her feminine emotions, it is too late: "Elisa's desires for equality are now bathed in failure" (Sweet 212). She has allowed herself to become emotional, "the trait women possess," whereas men conduct business unemotionally (Sweet 213). Elisa realizes her hopes for equality are nothing but a dream because she has been betrayed by her basic nature and by men. She gives the tinker the seedling and retreats indoors to find him some pots to mend.
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When John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums" first appeared in the October 1937 edition of (Osborne 479), Franklin D. Roosevelt had just been reelected president. The country was recovering from the Great Depression, unions were developing, and child labor in manufacturing was terminated (Jones 805-6). The first female cabinet member in American history, Frances Perkins, was appointed the Secretary of Labor (Jones 802). She was one of the few women in her time to gain equality in a male-dominated society. For most women, liberation was a bitter fight usually ending in defeat. In "The Chrysanthemums," this struggle for equality is portrayed through Steinbeck's character Elisa Allen. According to Stanley Renner, "The Chrysanthemums" shows "a strong, capable woman kept from personal, social, and sexual fulfillment by the prevailing conception of a woman's role in a world dominated by men" (306). Elisa's appearance, actions, and speech depict the frustration women felt in Steinbeck's masculine world of the 1930's. "Steinbeck's world," observes Charles A. Sweet, Jr., "is a man's world, a world that frustrates even minor league women's liberationists" (214).
Steinbeck demonstrates the significance of dreams in Of Mice and Men as the essential foundation of motivation and purpose; the plans of hopeful conviction despite misery and destitution clarify the fundamental difference between ma...