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Marxist Lense on Of Mice and Men

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Kendal Lew

on 1 March 2011

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Transcript of Marxist Lense on Of Mice and Men

The Marxist Lens on Of Mice and Men The Marxist lens is how the reader sees who has power and who doesn't. It is often determined by social and economical class or standing. Quote #2:
"Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them looked over to George to see whether ha had dome it just right" (Steinbeck 4). Quote #1:
"Lennie!" He said sharply. "Lennie, for God' sakes don't drink so much" (Steinbeck 2). Quote #3:
"Good boy. That's swell" (Steinbeck 6). George is able to tell Lennie what to do and Lennie listens. This shows that George is clearly in charge of Lennie, or in other words George has power over him. Lennie looks up to George which shows that he is "below" George in status. George is the leader and Lennie is the follower. George said that to Lennie. When someone is called "boy" it usually has a somewhat degrading connotation. This is showing that Lennie is below him. Quote #4:
"'Give it here!' Lennie's closed hand slowly obeyed" (Steinbeck 6) This quote is pretty self-explainitory. Lennie gives in to what George tells him to do. Therefor, showing the power George has over him. Quote #5:
"...Like the boss, he wore high-heeled boots" (Steinbeck 25). The boss wears high-heeled boots. His son does as well. They both are in-charge at the ranch, therefor, those boots are a sign of high status and power. Quote #6:
"Slim turned to Candy. "You stay here with her then, Candy. The rest of us better get goin'" (Steinbeck 98).
Slim has the authority to tell others what to do. He doesn't have power over Curly or the boss, but the other workers look up to him and usually do what he says. This shows that he has power over them.
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