The rabbits are presented as innocent and cute in their natural setting but the tranquillity of the setting is deceptive, an illusion, representing the calm before the storm whilst the grotesque imaginary rabbit in the last section is not only a distortion of nature but a recognition that the natural world order has been overturned.Lennie’s dream is bound up with animals; his great desire is to ‘tend the rabbits’ and when he gets George to repeat the mantra of the dream to him over and over again, it is this aspect that Lennie really focuses on rather than the ownership of the land.The small man stepped nervously beside him.” Steinbeck uses yet another animal to convey Lennie.
Carlson embodies similar traits and is totally void of any compassion or sympathy for his fellow man.
He is the one who fiercely pushes Candy to let him shoot Candy's dog, even though the dog is obviously the only thing that means anything in his life.
Have a look at these quotes and think about how you could use them in an essay.
• “Slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again.” This comes early on in the novel.
George recalls that Lennie’s Aunt Clara stopped giving him mice because ‘You always killed ‘em’.
We are alerted to the fact that Lennie kills the things that he pets very early on in the novel, therefore.How does Steinbeck use animal imagery in ‘Of Mice and Men’?The title of John Steinbeck’s novel comes from a Robert Burns poem about the struggle for survival of a field-mouse: ‘The best laid plans o’ mice and men Gang aft agley’ which suggests from the outset that the lives of men and animals are closely linked in this novel.Other characters, such as Curley and Carlson, demonstrate their animal-like natures in their interactions with others.Despite the obvious connection between the human natures and animal natures of the characters in the work, some of the characters attempt to rise above their bestial nature by dreaming and seeking companionship.Moreover, Lennie does not just pet small animals, he pets them to death.When George takes the dead mouse away from Lennie it is obviously not the first time that this has happened.Lennie is perhaps the most obvious example of an When they can me here, I wisht somebody'd shoot me" (Steinbeck 60).Curley and Carlson, like Lennie and Candy, are connected with animals, but in a much different manner. and lack all sensitivity, all compassion for those more helpless and weaker in mind and body than they are" (Johnson 16).Animal and Human Nature in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men The relationship between animal nature and human nature in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a major theme throughout the work.Lennie and Candy are connected with animals via their various individual characteristics, such as physical appearance, mental capacity, or emotional maturity.