Before we can laugh this way we need to think in sequence: 1. Rats are small, sure, but; 2. Primatologist Francine Patterson found that when upon teaching gorillas sign-language, they will tell gorilla-jokes. Laughing is almost original equipment for mammals; it long preceded language. How do we know? For fun the scientists also often tickled their subjects as they handled them. They learned that rats chirp at various pitches, depending on their activity. Rodent wrestling is simple, the repertoire limited. They mostly go for the nape of the neck and pin the opponent.
And they work up a pretty good hip slam, too. Sometimes they stand atop the vanquished, teetering gleefully. Surprises startled them rather than pleased them. Successful play eluded them. Once they became adults, play-deprived rats failed at mating , too. Panksepp and Burgdorf explain this story more fully in a special issue of the American Journal of Play devoted to neuroscience.
These plain, enjoyable, endless, ancient rat games teach us humans basic current lessons about the emotional and physical benefits of give-and-take. Rats will become edgy, clumsy, socially isolated, and less creative if deprived of play.
Scott G. Eberle, Ph. Back Psychology Today. When the other ranch hands find the corpse, George realizes that their dream is at an end. George hurries to find Lennie, hoping he will be at the meeting place they designated in case he got into trouble. George meets Lennie at the place, their camping spot before they came to the ranch.
The two sit together and George retells the beloved story of the dream, knowing it is something they will never share. He then euthanizes Lennie by shooting him, because he sees it as an action in Lennie's best interest. Curley, Slim, and Carlson arrive seconds after.
Only Slim realizes what happened, and consolingly leads him away. Curley and Carlson look on, unable to comprehend the subdued mood of the two men. In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other.
Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.
Steinbeck emphasizes dreams throughout the book. Lennie aspires to be with George on his independent homestead, and to quench his fixation on soft objects. Candy aspires to reassert his responsibility lost with the death of his dog, and for security for his old age—on George's homestead. Crooks aspires to a small homestead where he can express self-respect, security, and most of all, acceptance. Curley's wife dreams to be an actress, to satisfy her desire for fame lost when she married Curley, and an end to her loneliness. Loneliness is a significant factor in several characters' lives.
Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. Curley's wife is lonely because her husband is not the friend she hoped for—she deals with her loneliness by flirting with the men on the ranch, which causes Curley to increase his abusiveness and jealousy. The companionship of George and Lennie is the result of loneliness. Crooks states the theme candidly as "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got anybody. Don't make any difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. Despite the need for companionship, Steinbeck emphasizes how loneliness is sustained through the barriers established from acting inhuman to one another.
The loneliness of Curley's wife is upheld by Curley's jealousy, which causes all the ranch hands to avoid her. Crooks's barrier results from being barred from the bunkhouse by restraining him to the stable ; his bitterness is partially broken, however, through Lennie's ignorance.
Steinbeck's characters are often powerless, due to intellectual, economic, and social circumstances. Lennie possesses the greatest physical strength of any character, which should therefore establish a sense of respect as he is employed as a ranch hand. However, his intellectual handicap undercuts this and results in his powerlessness.
Economic powerlessness is established as many of the ranch hands are victims of the Great Depression. As George, Candy and Crooks are positive, action- oriented characters, they wish to purchase a homestead, but because of the Depression, they are unable to generate enough money. Lennie is the only one who is basically unable to take care of himself, but the other characters would do this in the improved circumstances they seek.
Since they cannot do so, the real danger of Lennie's mental handicap comes to the fore. Regarding human interaction, evil of oppression and abuse is a theme that is illustrated through Curley and Curley's wife. Curley uses his aggressive nature and superior position in an attempt to take control of his father's farm.
He constantly reprimands the farm hands and accuses some of fooling around with his wife. Curley's Napoleon complex is evidenced by his threatening of the farm hands for minuscule incidents. Curley's wife, on the other hand, is not physically but verbally manipulative.
She uses her sex appeal to gain some attention, flirting with the farm hands. According to the Penguin Teacher's Guide for Of Mice and Men, Curley and Curley's wife represent evil in that both oppress and abuse the migrants in different ways. Fate is felt most heavily as the characters' aspirations are destroyed when George is unable to protect Lennie who is a real danger. Steinbeck presents this as "something that happened" or as his friend coined for him "non-teleological thinking" or "is thinking", which postulates a non-judgmental point of view.
Of Mice and Men was Steinbeck's first attempt at writing in the form of novel-play termed a "play-novelette" by one critic. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play.
It is only 30, words in length. Steinbeck wanted to write a novel that could be played from its lines, or a play that could be read like a novel. Steinbeck originally titled it Something That Happened referring to the events of the book as "something that happened" because nobody can be really blamed for the tragedy that unfolds in the story.
However, he changed the title after reading Robert Burns 's poem To a Mouse. Attaining the greatest positive response of any of his works up to that time, Steinbeck's novella was chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection before it was published. The novella has been banned from various US public and school libraries or curricula for allegedly "promoting euthanasia ", "condoning racial slurs", being "anti-business", containing profanity, and generally containing "vulgar" and "offensive language". Free learning from The Open University.
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