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And I just thought it was a doomed loved story... Steinbeck wrote alot about our self destructive habits and with this in mind I recommend Tortilla Flat or Cannary Row. East on Eden goes the full monty
Don't confuse Stalin's totalitarianism with Marxian economics . Marx was sympathetic towards the common man and woman . For one , he told us the truth about the fat cat owners and corporations always trying to get many times surplus value over what they pay the employees . We are working harder, more hours , and getting sicker and dying younger for less pay(adjusted for inflation) and cost of living become higher and higher due to the neoliberal economics era starting with reagan/thatcher and continued to this day including with those wall street democrats bill clinton and barak obama . We could use a dose of Marxian economics right now
Had to analyse the crap out of this book for my GCSE back in the days… like sentence by sentence, even the god damn punctuations, oh memories… lol
Oh, one thing though, I thought George killed Lenny because a quick death is better than what Lenny would have gotten if he was caught by Curly
Dear Miss Luce:
Annie Laurie says you are worried about your playing of the part of Curley’s wife
although from the reviews it appears that you are playing it marvelously. I am deeply
grateful to you and to the others in the cast for your feeling about the play. You have
surely made it much more than it was by such a feeling.
About the girl--I don’t know of course what you think about her, but perhaps if I
should tell you a little about her as I know her, it might clear your feeling about her.
She grew up in an atmosphere of fighting and suspicion. Quite early she learned
that she must never trust any one but she was never able to carry out what she learned.
A natural trustfulness broke through constantly and every time it did, she got her. her
moral training was most rigid. She was told over and over that she must remain a virgin
because that was the only way she could get a husband. This was harped on so often
that it became a fixation. It would have been impossible to seduce her. She had only
that one thing to sell and she knew it.
Now, she was trained by threat not only at home but by other kids. And any show
of fear or weakness brought an instant persecution. She learned to be hard to cover her
fright. And automatically she became hardest when she was most frightened. She is a
night, kind girl, not a floozy. No man has ever considered her as anything except a girl
to try to make. She has never talked to a man except in the sexual fencing conversation.
she is not highly sexed particularly but knows instinctively that if she is to be noticed at
all, it will be because some one finds her sexually desirable.
As to her actual sexual life--she has had none except with Curley and there has
probably been no consummation there since Curley would not consider her gratification
and would probably be suspicious if she had any. Consequently she is a little starved.
She knows utterly nothing about sex except the mass misinformation girls tell one
another. If anyone--a man or woman--ever gave her a break--treated her like a person--
she would be a slave to that person. Her craving for contact is immense but she, with
her background, is incapable of conceiving any contact without some sexual context.
With all this--if you knew her, if you could ever break down a thousand little defenses
she has built up, you would find a nice person, an honest person, and you would end up
by loving her. But such a thing could never happen.
I hope you won’t think I’m preaching. I’ve known this girl and I’m just trying to
tell you what she is like. She is afraid of everyone in the world. You’ve known girls like
that, haven’t you? You can see them in Central Park on a hot night. They travel in
groups for protection. They pretend to be wise and hard and voluptuous.
I have a feeling that you know all this and that you are doing all this. Please
forgive me if I seem to intrude on your job. I don’t intend to and I am only writing this
because Annie Laurie said you wondered about the girl. It’s a devil of a hard part. I am
very happy that you have it.
I also think a part of it was how mental illness or just mental disabilities were judged back then. George constantly covers for Lennie and tells him not to speak when they first meet the boss, because he doesn't want the boss to find out Lennie's slow, and not hire him.
Also, there is a part when George is talking to Candy, and says that maybe they could convince Curly not to shoot George, and get him put in jail or an asylum. Candy mentions that they treat people horribly in asylums, and George couldn't survive there. Idk, just my opinion.
Don't base your book report on this one kids!
I think you guys are reading a bigger message into the story than actually exists there. For sure, there's some moments of social commentary in the book, maybe even critiquing JudeoChristian values...but it's not about being kept down by an exploitative society. Lenny only ruined his dream for himself, and not because of some lofty, abstract socioeconomic dynamic...HE KILLED SOMEONE...even the most just society imagineable would have to deal with Lenny somehow...even Norway would cordone Lenny off in some kind of nice facility...Lenny also wasn't especially animalistic either. Shit, he would have raped her had that been the case. He was just dumb, he didn't know his own strength. If you really want to read a message in, if Lenny represents the under-class, then it's their failure to understand their own strength that prevents them from realizing their dreams...
AND THEN THE BIGGEST THEME of the book, is that of making difficult moral choices, as George has to make when killing Lenny...he knew that killing Lenny was the lesser of two evils.
You guys left out so much in this! There's tons of symbolism concerning the other workers. And I don't think George and Lenny represent those things, because George himself went into the "lady club", should we say, and defended Lenny multiple times.
this is soooon much better then the book.... read it 4 times in high school.... still hate it. I get all of the messages but did it really have to be so long when half way through you could see what the ending would be?
George also killed his day one brother, because Curly and his crew were gonna do it anyway. If you pay attention to an earlier chapter that guy (I forgot his name) offers to shoot candys old dog for him, candy does it instead because it's better that it comes from him than anyone else. George remembers this, and that's why he needed to be he one to put Lenny to peace.
I don't know....Lenny as all of our animal impulses? How does Candy's dog figure into all that? That Lenny represents an animal is obvious, but I see George as more of the caring owner than the embodiment of rationality. Lenny's more of a big dog than a tiger (he doesn't know any better) and George is the only one who cares (maybe Slim too). Unfortunately that isn't enough. In a world where no one is his brothers keeper animals like Lenny are doomed.
Men and women have at their disposal an array of resources for generating greater knowledge of truth so that their lives may be ever more human. Among these is philosophy, which is directly concerned with asking the question of lifes meaning and sketching an answer to it. Philosophy emerges, then, as one of noblest of human tasks. According to its Greek etymology, the term philosophy means "love of wisdom". Born and nurtured when the human being first asked questions about the reason for things and their purpose, philosophy shows in different modes and forms that the desire for truth is part of human nature itself. It is an innate property of human reason to ask why things are as they are, even though the answers which gradually emerge are set within a horizon which reveals how the different human cultures are complementary.
Philosophys powerful influence on the formation and development of the cultures of the West should not obscure the influence it has also had upon the ways of understanding existence found in the East. Every people has its own native and seminal wisdom which, as a true cultural treasure, tends to find voice and develop in forms which are genuinely philosophical. One example of this is the basic form of philosophical knowledge which is evident to this day in the postulates which inspire national and international legal systems in regulating the life of society.
Nonetheless, it is true that a single term conceals a variety of meanings. Hence the need for a preliminary clarification. Driven by the desire to discover the ultimate truth of existence, human beings seek to acquire those universal elements of knowledge which enable them to understand themselves better and to advance in their own self-realization. These fundamental elements of knowledge spring from the wonder awakened in them by the contemplation of creation: human beings are astonished to discover themselves as part of the world, in a relationship with others like them, all sharing a common destiny. Here begins, then, the journey which will lead them to discover ever new frontiers of knowledge. Without wonder, men and women would lapse into deadening routine and little by little would become incapable of a life which is genuinely personal.