Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck seems to be a fairly pessimistic outlook on life and its fate. The techniques he uses such as the title , repetition , echoes and symbolism are very successful in putting across his very pessimistic views on this theme . In my view the most successful technique in illustrating John Steinbeck’s view of fate is the symbolism in the last chapter . ‘A watersnake glided smoothly up the pool , twisting its periscope head from side to side , and it swam the length of the pool and came to the legs of a motionless heron that stood in the shallows .
A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head , and the beak swallowed the little snake while its tail waved frantically ‘. The heron , motionless and waiting , represents fate while the watersnake , helpless and unaware , is its victim . . In some cases in the book there is a pessimistic side to Lennie and George’s friendship. The line said by George ” Hide in the brush till I come for you. ” (page 34). George repeats this statement about hiding in the brush
This is suggesting that George does not trust Lennie and that he believes he will do something wrong in the near future. Therefore giving the impression that George believes that the society they are living in is desperate and that Lennie will make the same mistakes over and over again. Another example of how George and Lennie’s friendship sometimes reflects a desperate society is how George says I think the problem with this issue is that it’s easy to forget that George is human also. We spend our time recognizing Lenny as someone who needs help and George as the provider for that help.
The more we see Lenny leaning on George for help, the more as accept the fact that George needs to help him, that he is almost required to fulfil this role. What we need to do, though, is put ourselves in George’s shoes more closely. How many times can you continue to follow the exact same actions before you tire of it. They just ran to this ranch to escape Lenny’s actions in Weed. While I agree George may have been lazy about his reaction to this new problem, he probably recognized the bigger picture. They could run away from this roblem and get work on another ranch, but it would only be a matter of time before they’d be running again. This horrible cycle has to be heavily weighing on George who wants nothing more than to be a regular working “Joe” who dreams of owning his own ranch. We’ve all made rash, poor decisions when overcome with the stress of responsibilty, this was George’s. I suppose we can argue whether his actions were right or wrong forever and ever, but I think that more important that it being right or wrong, it’s understandable.