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Friendship,Dreams, and the Conflict in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men



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    In the book, Of Mice and Men there were plenty of conflicts in the book. There were two different conflicts external conflict and internal conflicts. One of the external conflicts was between Candy and Carlson because Carlson wanted to kill Candy’s dog. Carlson thinks the dog is useless, old, and it stinks that is why Carlson wants to kill the dog. After thinking about it in the book it says “a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal, (Steinbeck)” Candy finally came to his senses and told Carlson to go take the dog’s life.

    Another external conflict started with Curley creating a conflict with Lennie and George while they were confronting Curley. Curley was trying to find his wife at the time. “look after your own wife (Steinbeck).” Carlson tells Curley to stop letting his wife be near the bunkhouse. When Curley tells him to stay “outta this les’ you wanta step outside (Steinbeck)” Candy joins in with the insults and Lennie laughs (Leaf). As Lennie steps back, Curley strikes Lennie with a left hook, and then dents in his nose with a right punch. Lennie does not strike back because he is petrified. When George tells him, “Get ‘im, Lennie (Steinbeck),” Lennie grabs Curley’s hand, and ends up crushing it (Leaf).

    The other type of conflict is an internal conflict and there are two of those. George has conflicting emotions with Lennie. While he has told Lennie’s aunt to take care of Lennie. George has faced problems with Lennie getting them into trouble and end up losing their jobs. George about that he could have a better life without Lennie and George told him “If I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks inbeck .”

    Curley stares down at Lennie, and then he glances back at George and says “right in the back of the head (Steinbeck).” Curley said quietly. Slim came straight to George and took a seat down beside him, sat close to him. “Never you mind, a guy got to sometimes (Steinbeck).” But Carlson asked “How’d you do it (Steinbeck)?” “I just done it (Steinbeck)” George said sadly. This event really screwed up his chance with dream of getting his own farm. Lennie messed up sometimes but, he was a part of George’s success.

    Works Cited

    1. Attell, Kevin. “An overview of Of Mice and Men.” Literature Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.
    2. Leaf, Jonathan. “Of mice & melodrama.” New Criterion 26.4 (2007): 84+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.
    3. Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. Print.

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