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toungtwister | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM via web

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Proofread my open ended answer: The question is: Describe a character trait of Carlson. I chose self-control.

Undoubtedly, Carlson, the character from Of Mice and Men, exhibits self control as character strength. He presented himself as the person, who does not know the personal connections and affection. Carlson explains that he does not have any love and caring towards people by saying “‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’” (Steinbeck 107) when slims goes to George, who killed Lennie and sitting depressed, to calm him down. Carlson is pointing that he is not feeling bad for Lennie’s death; because he will today be there and tomorrow he might not. So, for him Lennie’s death should not care because it is just one situation in his life. A migrant worker should not have individual affections. If one has attachment towards a person or a place he cannot go to different place and work and hence, he cannot feed him selves.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 26, 2012 at 7:09 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you might say something about fatalism and/or stoicism in addition to self-control. Steinbeck seems to be using Carlson to illustrate the fact that the migrant workers cannot get together to improve their conditions because they are all competing for existence. I have copied your paragraph and edited it below. Sounds pretty good.

Undoubtedly, Carlson, in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, exhibits self-control as a distinctive character trait. He presents himself as a person who does not wish to have personal connections and affections. Carlson displays that his hard life has taught him not to have any love or sympathy for other  people by asking, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” (Steinbeck 107) when  Slim goes to George, who killed Lennie and is sitting looking depressed, in order to commiserate with him. Carlson is showing that he is not feeling bad about Lennie’s death because he will be here today and tomorrow he might be somewhere else. So for him Lennie’s death should not matter much because it is just one more incident in his life. A migrant worker should not have individual attachments. If one has an attachment to a person or a place he cannot move on to different place looking for work, and hence he cannot feed himself.

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