Of Mice and Men Themes: Violence

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  • Violence
    • The book becomes progressively more violent
      • First a mouse is killed, then a puppy, then a woman
    • The violence is casual and enjoyed
      • For example; at christmas when they beat up Crooks for fun
    • Candy's dog is shot without any respect for Candy's feelings
      • "Candy looked about unhappily"
      • "Candy said softly and hopelessly"
    • The men are violent because they are isolated and in competition with eachother
      • "I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone...after a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time"
    • Curley is violent
      • "His hands closed into fists"
      • "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys"
      • "He's alla time picking scraps with big guys"
      • "Curley's pretty handy"
      • "Curley's rage exploded"
    • The water snake, alive at the beginning of the book and killed at the end, shows the violent nature of the world

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