Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
Symbolism in this book is everywhere, on every page and around every corner. I would just like to point out all of the wonderful double meanings of some of the things you may have missed when you read the book in grade 10 english class.
Throughout the story, Lenny often times asks George to tell him about the rabbits. George then will go on to tell Lenny about how he will get to tend to the rabbits and stroke them. This is evidently symbloic of how Lenny sees his future, and rabbits symbolize his hopes and dreams.
This novel makes it known that strength is a major theme throughout its running. Which is why I find it weird that we find such a dog– lame, weak, smelly and and decrepit– This is symbolic of weakness. He dies via mercy killing, this symbolizes how society treats the weak old and frail.
Carlson’s Luger is used to kill Candy’s dog and then, eventually, Lenny. It is a symbol of power and strength. As a part of the theme of strength and overcoming weakness, the gun overpowers the weak ones.
Crook’s glasses are gold rimmed, they symbolize his intelligence and mental capabilities, in a world that cares more about braun than brain.
Lenny is a strong daft brute, too strong in fact. He doesn’t know his own strength, this is demonstrated in how he kills all the mice and his puppy. As a part of the theme of strength overpowering weakness, this puppy is innocence and weakness and Lenny’s power and strength ‘defeats’ it, whether that is intentional or not.
High-heeled shoes on a ranch are not ideal, nor are the feathers that she sports. They symbolize her femininity and vanity, her shoes symbolize her need for attention, The fact that they are red symbolize danger, evidenced by her death.