You could also add to this point by saying that the dog was being put out of its misery and so was Lennie as he didn't fit in with society. In the last chapter, we see another, and it gets gobbled up by a bird. In additions, just about every character in Of Mice and Men was linked with an animal characteristic. By referring to the Jews as animals, Hitler and the Nazis differentiated them from the rest of Germany's population. This is very significant as it shows that George and Lennie are not the only ones struggling in this culture and that there are many, many other individuals who set off in the same means with similar aspirations.
The horses on the other hand represent danger. Steinbeck favours the use of animal imagery, even more so in the characterisation of George and Lennie, most particularly Lennie. George knows that there is only one way that Lennie will be able to stay in the sanctuary of the river, so he kills his friend before the ranch hands can haul him back to the confinement of the ranch and his possible torture. Imagery and Its Importance Have you ever read a book and felt that you could picture exactly where the characters were and what they were doing? Animal testing was advanced in Moorish Spain by an Arab doctor, Ibn Zurh, who practiced surgery on animals before on patients 9. Published in 1937, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men follows two migrant workers in California: Lennie Small, a giant of a man who is slow and dim-witted, and his best friend and the man who watches over him, George Milton.
Animal Imagery Steinbeck draws parallels between Lennie and animals throughout the novella. Of Mice and Men How are animals and animal imagery used in Of Mice and Men? On Page 2 he says,? One of the most obvious uses of animal imagery is in the descriptions of Lennie which abound with comparisons with creatures. He is firstly introduced as a contrasting character to George, in appearance at least. From the tens to one hundred million or more animals are used in scientific experiments around the world per annum 1. As it has been shown Steinbeck uses a wide range of animal imagery to elaborate on his characters and to build a more vivid picture of the atmosphere. The poem also reflects the story and background of the two main characters, George and Lennie, in the first chapter.
Animal 7: As he enters the brush, Lennie's movement is compared to that of a bear. Steinbeck compares Lennie and animals in Chapter Three after the fight, writing of Lennie's hands as 'paws' and the scared sound he makes as a sheep's bleating. But, the end of the novel offers a different outlook on the rabbits. The economic situation in America at the time meant that George and Lennie would never have been able to survive on the farm they dreamed of. Lennis is shown as a dog that doesnt know what to do so he looks o his master in this case it is George. They'll take ya to the booby hatch.
Animal imagery pervades the novel, and it is significant for the reasons I stated above. I believe that Steinbeck brilliantly combined his rich language and past experience to produce a successful piece of work that is appreciated by the audiences. Life messes them both up, but at least Lennie doesn't have to remember any of it. The only two characters who seem immune to loneliness are George and Lennie because they have each other. Before George shoots Lennie, Lennie makes sure that he will still assume the position as the rabbit tender 105. They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog.
On the sand-bank the rabbits sat as quietly as little grey, sculpted stones. Use these to develop a thesis statement about the treatement of animals. Evil still lives on, even though George and Lennie have escaped the evil posse from Weed. Steinbeck again takes pains to describe the peacefulness of the setting, but this time, with the contrast of the far off sounds of ranch hands hunting for Lennie. The climax of the story occurs as Lennie gets too rough after being invited by Curley's wife to touch her soft hair.
They can no longer be themselves, and Lennie must avoid both Curley and his wife as they could both be trouble. Every person and significant event was described at one point in an animal related fashion. Characterization Imagery Throughout the novella a novella is longer than a short story, but not as long as a novel , Steinbeck describes Lennie using animal imagery. You might even be able to argue that Curley's wife is another mouse, she's weak because she has to rely on Curley. This creates a sense of imagery by allowing you to visualize Lennie and comprehend more about who he is. Each of the animals mentioned in the novel are used as a metaphor to Lennie's personality and behaviour. He acts only on instinct, and his only real fear after killing Curley's wife is that he won't be able to 'tend the rabbits.
We learn that she uses flirting and seduction as a way of gaining attention and spending time with the men. Imagery is the use of descriptive words and phrases to invoke the reader's senses. Through out the story Lennie is likened to an animal this is shown by the way he acts although it was not intensional he kills Curley wife at the end with his animal strength. He ends up obeying George even if its not something he would like to do. Curley's wife is lonely because she is the only woman on the ranch and has no companionship. Steinbeck mixed foreshadowing with animal imagery quite nicely by using animal incidents to foreshadow the events that would take place in a characters life. They make the brush seem like such a peaceful natural place, that Lennie seems to be finally at peace when he dies.