Explore the ways minor characters are presented in Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men’ was written in 1930’s by John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” was set just outside Soledad in Southern California, it was written during ‘The Great Depression’. The inspiration for the novel came from Steinbeck’s life as an itinerant workers as a ranch hand. The book is about two main characters George and his simple minded friend Lennie and the struggle they go through in order to gain the subsistence of life.
In this essay I will explore the ways how minor characters are presented in ‘Of Mice and Men’ by J. Steinbeck. I will write about how characters are introduced and their importance to the novel. The three characters I will be looking at are Crooks, Candy and Curley’ Wife.
Crooks is introduced as the stable buck for the ranch, the man who provides the support for many horses and mules the farm uses. He is a man who through no fault of his own has been sidelined as unimportant. Steinbeck's aim is to tell us that the people society says are unimportant really do no matter. In creating Crooks , Steinbeck is following a tradition which which you can join in with. Crooks was mostly reffered to as a nigger and is isolated from others. It's very important to draw attention to fact about that he is the only black among all the other characters in the novel. "I ain't wanted in the bunk house... "Because I'm black". This vividly emphasises, that Crooks is a victim of racial prejudice. With this Steinbeck shows how black people usually treated in 1930’s America. Talking about Crooks importance to the novel, is that Crooks taught Lennie with the idea that George might desert him and is frightened by Lennie's response. Over here, comes a question: Is Crooks one of those people who take comfort in making other people as unhappy as he is? No. He just uses sarcasm and irony as defence. We sympathise with...