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Key Themes in "Of Mice and Men" ­ Marginalisation
Marginalisation is one of the main themes of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice
and Men", not just because it is present throughout the book, but also
because it includes nearly EVERY character. The characters who are
mostly affected by marginalisation are Lennie, Crooks, Candy and
Curley's Wife. Here's a brief description of how each character is
Lennie is marginalised due to his intelligence ­ or lack of. Curley's wife
refers to him as "a dumdum" which is saying that he isn't as developed
as the rest of the characters. George insists that Lennie is "jes'like a kid"
referring to Lennie's simple and childlike nature ­ which could suggest
innocence. Lennie isn't quite as marginalised as Crooks, but he's still one
of the most marginalised characters in the book.
Crooks is marginalised due to his colour ­ when Steinbeck wrote this
book, it was a time of racial segregation, so it comes as no surprise
when we learn that poor Crooks is marginalised. Unlike Lennie, Crooks is
shown to be VERY intellectual when we first meet him, Steinbeck
describes where he lives ("a little shed") using a semantic field of
intelligence: "a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the California civil
code for 1905". Steinbeck uses words like "tattered" and "mauled" to show
that these two books have been wellread and used often. This shows
the high level of Crooks' intelligence. He's not only smart, but the fact
that he's read the "California civil code for 1905" over and over shows that
he knows his rights, and is prepared to defend himself if he thinks he's
being denied those rights.
Candy is the old ranch hand, who has lost his right hand ­ so there is
very little he can do when it comes to work. He's marginalised due to his
age, and disability ­ which is also shown in detail through his companion
Candy's dog. His dog is described as "a dragfooted sheep dog, grey of
muzzle and with pale, blind old eyes." This description of the dog mirrors
Candy, as he too is old, and slow. This also suggests the depth of his
relationship with his dog, as they have a lot in common
Curley's Wife
Curley's wife's marginalised status may be a little less obvious than
everyone else's, but she is marginalised due to her gender. Because she
is a woman, she is looked down on by Curley and everyone else ­ this
makes her awfully lonely, which is probably why she attempts to seduce
the ranch hands. Despite being marginalised, she has a certain amount
of power over the other characters, such as Crooks "You know what I can
do to you if you open your trap?" In this quote, Steinbeck is showing that
Curley's wife threatens Crooks, who submits immediately.


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