International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

Binary opposition of the characters in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: From Derridean perspective


Khair Ul Bashar, Alam Zeb

The research explores a new dimension of critique in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men from the perspective of post structuralism. The era of 1960s is marked as ‘Decentering of Intellectual Cosmos,’ and political anxiety. It results in increased interest in alternative radical philosophies which are critical of western dominant culture by exposing underlying assumptions of western norms. Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men deals with the problem of ‘Centering’ and constructing the meaning of the text. The novel narrates a gloomy anecdote, a folktale of man’s journey through a world of pitfall, ruthless, and inhuman experiences. By applying theory, the novel becomes a critique of western norms. The theory puts forth the ideological position of an author by structuring binary opposition at the center of a language in the construction of a meaning. The textual analysis of a novel from qualitative approach, gives the findings that Steinbeck organizes the characters in dichotomous relationship. The quality of good/bad is shown the pairs of such as George/Lennie, Carlson/Candy, Slim/Crooks and Curley/Curley’s wife. The textual analysis of a novel from qualitative approach, gives the findings that Steinbeck organizes the characters in dichotomous relationship. The quality of good/bad is shown the pairs of such as George/Lennie, Carlson/Candy, Slim/Crooks and Curley/Curley’s wife.
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