Response to Literary Text Grade 11 / Of Mice and Men


Of Mice and Men, is a short novel by Steinbeck that has managed to create an impact that is very powerful.  It takes place besides the Salinas River at the time of the Great Depression. In this novel several characters are physically and mentally impaired, a theme that the author create to make the reader understand the character. For instance Lennie is mentally deficient, a situation that should make the reader sympathise with him. George is terse, impatient and hot tempered while Candy an old man operates with one hand.


One of the principal characters in the novel Of Mice and Men is Lennie, however Winks and John, (20) describes him as the least dynamic. Throughout the story there is no major change, growth or development in his life. Steinbeck portrays Lennie as doomed from the beginning of the story and readers should sympathise with him. The author achieves this by creating a character that is helpless; he is very defenceless. For instance he is unable to avoid the dangers that Curley, the wife of Curley and the rest of the world presents him. He appears innocent which portrays his pure goodness. He is so devoted to his farm vision that he convinces Crooks, George, Candy and the audience that it is possible to have such a paradise. However the author sets up him for disaster and his innocence only allows his inevitable destruction.


George is a character who is short-tempered, a close friend of Lennie. The character is at times terse and impatient but he does not forget his main role of protecting Lennie (Winks and John, 43). As the story progresses, George  is seen to change, as in one instance he tells Slim that he abused Lennie but has later learnt that one should not take advantage of people who are weak. As the story begins, George seems to be an idealist. However, be believes in their vision of the farm. He dreams of living a comfortable life with Lennie free from people like Curley and his wife who are only there to cause trouble.


Candy is an old handyman who is aging and only has one hand as he lost the other during an accident. Candy is worried that his boss will see him as useless and asks him to leave the ranch. His past accomplishment and the emotional ties he is going through does not matter a lot. Candy’s old dog, that used to a good sheep herder, act as a reminder of the fate that fall on any person who is no longer useful. However, he takes a moment to think of his dream farm; the few acres that George and Lennie described as worthy of his savings. Like George, Candy hopes to have freedom of doing his work. He is so devoted to the idea that even after Curley’s wife is killed by Lennie he persuades George that they should buy the farm (Winks and John, 65).


The story has portrayed the characters as people with ability to achieve their dreams despite their disability. The author also presents a society that embraces the physically and mentally impaired as seen in George who believes in his friends dreams. However, the author is not kind in the way he portrays women. Throughout the story women are treated with hatred. Steinbeck shows women to be troublemakers who ruin the life of men. Curley’s wife is an example of this destructive trend as she makes her husband’s temper to worsen. The author is not fair as women are destined for greater things in future.

Citizen Perceptions and Media Portrayals of White-Collar and Corporate Crime

The main research studied

The research article investigated on how the newspapers socially create company violence as a criminality. The research focused on the review of newspaper articles that covered fire interrelated deaths of 25 people who worked for Food Products processing plant which led to the owner of the corporation to plead guilty to murder. Thus, the research focused mainly on how the media provided misleading information and how it neglects corporate crimes (Blankenship, Cullen and Wright 21).

Methods used

The study sampled ten newspapers that covered the Imperial Food Product case. The newspapers sampled represented a cross-sectional of the US and the newspapers that had a wide fan base. The sample used wasn’t randomly selected and also didn’t represent the Geographical areas of US evenly. The sample focused on the leading newspapers such as The Washington Post and New York Times among many others. The sample size of newspaper used was extensively analyzed compared to the other previous research. The newspapers used in the study were supposed to be accessible at the University of Cincinnati Library. And; the electronic versions of Newspapers Abstracts were used to locate articles in the newspaper. This is because the system could easily find the stories related to the research .After the extensive literature reviews of corporate crimes, the author then categorized and developed content that measured the cases. They came up with harm, intent, sanctions, responsibility, and cause. They used this content to code the stories in the newspaper articles regarding the cases (Blankenship, Cullen and Wright 27).


Out of the ten samples, 9 concealed the story of the fire plant. Of the nine newspapers, 5 placed the story on the cover page. Although, in that week, the story was not given much focus as it faded slowly. Also included, the study found out that exit channel of the plant was padlocked. Later, during the conviction, the media also covered the story. In short, the findings suggested that the media blamed the state for lack of regulatory laws regarding safety in plants and also allowing unsafe and hazardous scenarios to exist in plants (Blankenship, Cullen and Wright 28).

72% of the stories that were covered did not mention any possible sanction. Although the incident was likely to be criminal and led to injuries and deaths, the newspapers didn’t define the criminal action. After the conviction was made, the media then covered the criminal sanctions. Therefore, the media is cautious in mention corporate viciousness as a crime since they only reported it as a crime after the government declared it as a criminal violation (Blankenship, Cullen and Wright 31).


The newspapers should take the front row in outlawing the harm actions in the Imperial Food products by playing a part in fighting against company violence. Also, the papers should show consciousness that company violence to be understood as a crime. Therefore, the media should be active and should not be hesitant and look deeply into cases regarding corporate violence so that the victims that are affected by such crimes to be given justice. Finally, the media should not socially construct crimes regarding corporate crimes by blaming the government for the deaths due lack of safety regulations, but deeply investigate the main causes of the deaths which may be pointed to the corporate institutions.