“By ourselves we can enjoy life, but to really appreciate life we must find companionship.” This anonymous quote is a universal theme throughout John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. One can find many examples of companionship while reading this novel. Some examples are the main characters George and Lennie, Curley and his wife, and Candy and his dog. Mixed in the depths of these relationships are many conflicts which can be reflected between each pair of characters, showing Steinbeck’s unique use of parallelism. Steinbeck’s novel demonstrates the theory of Darwinism, “survival of the fittest,” along with many other literary devices such as a unique use of foreshadowing and a persistent use of parallelism can all be found in the relationships of George and Lennie, Curley and his wife and Candy and his dog, although all these relationships have different aspects.
George and Lennie show a form of companionship that can be classified as human friendship. George and Lennie have a unique bond that keeps them together. It is based on several different emotions such as quilt, and dependency. In the novel, George tells a story of when he used to pick on Lennie and he would just take it and never fight back but when Lennie’s Aunt Clara dies George ends up taking care of him and they have been stuck together ever since. George needs to stay with Lennie because of a need for
companionship and the fact that he has been with him his whole life while Lennie needs George because he had a mental problem and cannot physically take care of himself and keep a job during the time period. Because George takes care of Lennie and Lennie is dependent upon him, George is the dominant figure in the relationship and Lennie is the weaker person in the relationship.
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Curley and his wife are a perfect example of a husband and wife relationship in the time period the novel is set. Similar to George and Lennie’s relationship, Curley and his wife have many reasons as to why they were brought together. Curley’s wife’s essentially settled for Curley after a life of rejection in the acting industry and isolation from the world by her mother. To escape the isolation in a last ditch attempt to make it big she marries Curley but finds herself in a whole new world of isolation. Curley married his wife, we can assume, because of her looks and personality. Curley is attached to his wife because she is, in that time period, considered his property and he wants to keep her all to himself. In addition to this Curley has a large ego and some may say a Napoleon Complex which makes him want to keep everything he has and even go for more. Curley’s wife is attached to him through marriage whether she is happy about it or not. Curley represents the dominant figure in this relationship because in that time period the men had more control than the women.
Candy and his dog represent the popular relationship of a man and his dog. Candy and his dog were thrown together by the hand of fate and became dependent of the other for companionship. The novel does not specify what exactly brought Candy and his dog together but it does state the fact that Candy and his dog have been together their whole life which can explain why they are dependent upon each other. When you have been with someone your whole life it is hard to imagine your life without them. This can also serve as an explanation as to why Candy and his dog want to stay together. Candy is the dominant figure in the relationship because he takes care of the dog and the dog becomes too old to function properly. He is old and smelly and in too much discomfort which is Candy’s reason for eventually having the old dog shot.
The Essay on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Depicts Human Communication as Problematic. Do You Agree?
In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon explores the importance of communication and both its positive and negative impacts on the characters of the novel. While Haddon emphasises that communication is the key to starting or keeping a relationship, he also clearly shows how communication is sometimes problematic, in life and throughout the novel. This is because of the ...
In conclusion, the relationships between George and Lennie, Curley and his wife and Candy and his dog are all different forms of relationships and have many different aspects attributing to them but they all have a similar theme of survival of the fittest. George, Curley and Candy are the “fittest” are the most dominant characters in the relationships and they weaker characters in the relationships all end up being killed. Lennie’s mind impediments are his weakness, Curley’s wife’s weakness is the serotype of the time period and Candy’s dog’s weakness is the fact that he is too old for his own good. Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing is present throughout the whole novel when he kills off the weak characters in each relationship leading up to the murder of Lennie. Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men is and intricate pieve of work with many layers of literary devices and great writing and it is a perfect simulation of the theme survival of fittest.