John Steinbeck tries to portray how tough life was back then in his novel mice and men. There were two men talking, having a peaceful conversation by the river. In Of Mice and Men, the hopes and dreams of the men on the ranch are a continuous focus and theme throughout the novel.
Disability is one of the main themes, not only does Lennie come under this but Crooks and Candy.
The idea of moving from one place to another, working hard and trying to raise the quality of life for you and your loved ones is known as 'The American Dream '. He cares for Lennie.Moreover many physical weaknesses are displayed throughout the novel. Slim is a very important character in this novel, and Steinbeck presents him as such. The big man smiled and looked at the mountains listening and dreaming of that fantasy. It is also the opportunity to have a better life, like Lennie and George dream of in the novel. He knew it was going to come true some day. In this scene, Steinbeck portrays power through the characters. The novella is set on a ranch and most of the characters have such a degenerate state of life that all they have is dreams to keep them going. This meant that people would do anything to get respected! When people think of Latinos or African Americans, the first thought is lazy, but in actuality they work for their pay just like everyone else would. Slim is both respected and admired by all of the men he works with. This text has been remarkably controversial because of the way it deals with difficult issues regarding race and the American dream; however, despite its disputable history, it is an incredibly important book that is used to study many aspects of race relations in the United States in the early to mid twentieth century, more specifically. A crook also expresses a physical weakness as well, his bad back which does allow him to do strong physical labour.
He portrays different types of power and uses different methods to show us the power relationship through the four characters. Birds were flying above the skies calling out a cry of sadness.
Americans were out of work, breadlines were common day occurrences, and the future looked grim indeed.
The idea of the power and powerlessness of social position is well developed in Of Mice and Men and is intertwined with the other modes of power discussed here.