Of Mice and Men

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In literature, emotions play a crucial role in story conflict creating emotional and psychological tension. Literary critics suppose that it is emotion, not reason that motivates characters in literature. The novella 'Of Mice and Men' by J. Steinbeck vividly portrays that the actions of main characters, Lennie and George, are influenced by emotions and deep feelings rather than a rational choice.

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The emotional sufferings and feeling of isolation binds both men more than a rational decision to buy a farm: "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. . . . With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us" (Steinbeck 1993, 23). The varieties of this emotional impact are extensive: they may be a record of emotional struggles and experiences of both men. Steinbeck seeks consciously or unconsciously to give their readers the sort of emotional "enjoyment'; he flatters his readers that the possession of feelings of whatever kind is in itself a good thing, and they account it laudable to be able to 'move' readers.
The dream to own piece of land is influenced by emotions rather than a rational choice. George idealizes farming and its benefits which represents the American dream. "I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. ...
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