Emotions Seen in "Of Mice and Men"
This essay will deal with the way emotions were used in the story of
"Of Mice and Men". Not only friendship and loyalty between George and Lennie.
Faith, hope, charity, love, hate, jealousy and indifference are among the other
emotions that develops during the story between them and the other characters,
and that shows us Steinbeck's way of character definition.
In the beginning of the story, we think that everything between George
and Lennie is a big friendship, but even them show other emotions during the
story. Lennie shows his childish way of dealing with anything, desperation and
fear when Crooks tease him, saying that George is hurt and is not coming back,
and when he has the dreams of Aunt Clara and The Gigantic Rabbit. George shows
indecision on how to deal with Lennie and when he's going to kill him.
Both have a dream together. A faith in each other that make them think
that they are different. They have a future. They have each other to look for
When they arrive in the ranch we learn that the boss is a person that
cares for people weaker than other. It's a kind of charity. When he thinks that
Lennie is being sold, he goes to his side, try to help him. From Candy, we see
love towards his dog that he had for so long and we see a guilty feeling for
letting others execute him.
Curly show hate and jealousy at the same time. Because he's not a big
guy, he wants to fight all of them, and because he's always the winner (Just
because he doesn't fight fairly), he is proud to tell everybody that he's the
Slim is a man who shows a lot of emotions during the story. He shows us
indifference to Curly and friendship towards Lennie, but when Lennie killed the
woman, and George killed him, he's the only one who seems to know why he done
Curly's wife shows us unhappiness with her marriage and with the way her
life got into.
Crooks has an important role in the story, showing us his feelings about
prejudice and how he feels bad, because he is rejected by all.
Carleson is not important showing emotions in the story. He has just one
reaction, when the people is going to search Lennie and he manifests saying that
he's getting his Lugger.
John Steinbeck really showed us how the emotions can happen in a story.
He used a wide range of them in almost every character present in the story. He
shows how they react and fell, and make all of us remember the traces of the
characters because of these emotions.