Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men “portrays a simple two-some traveling together causing unintentional mischief. Lennie and George travel together through hard times and refuse to abandon each other despite how tempting it is at times. Several instances throughout the novel employ specific themes however. Such themes include loneliness, the American dream, and friendship. Through each encounter in this novel we see occurrences of these themes in various characters. This novel covers a wide range of subjects through its diverse yet simple characters. To begin with, loneliness is a thought often encountered throughout this novel. Loneliness is something that even a simpleton such as Lennie can be fearful of. Lennie does not want to lose George and refuses to consider the possibility of George dying and leaving Lennie by himself. Other characters also experience the loneliness factor, Crooks the black stable boy, and Curley’s wife are examples. Crooks personally was lonely all the time so he dove into his personal collection of books, he was lonely due to the fact that he was the only negro on the ranch and was socially rejected because of his skin color. Curley’s wife was lonely due to the fact that she married someone she didn’t even like, whom is often not around her anyways. This leads Curley’s wife to flirt around the ranch trying to get guys to talk to her due to the immense loneliness of her marriage. Secondly, the American dream is something that nearly all farmers sought after in the early 1900’s. Lennie and George share a simple dream; they wish to save up enough money to buy a ranch with a chickens, vegetables and rabbits, yet sadly due to Lennie, George cannot obtain this. This dream is a common dream to a degree among other American migrant workers in the time period. The American dream is one to earn property, land, and to become financially stable. Slim said he’s seen many farmers come through and go but he’s never seen one fulfill the dream. Candy joins up with George and Lennie to help them complete the dream in order for him to gain some personal fulfillment and happiness out of the ordeal as well. The American dream is a highly sought after prize for farmers, yet it is a rare occurrence that it is achieved. Friendship
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937…
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The story “of mice and men” by John Steinbeck is about the great depression times. Times when people worked eleven hours or more. Back when people hustle work when possible, people lived on a hand to mouth life.
When Lennie was kicked out of weed, Lennie and George went a few miles south where there are green hillsides, golden sands in the sunlight, and warm waters. George and Lennie worked in a field bucking barley under the hot sun. This area had plenty of sunshine but…
Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis
Everyone at some point in their life has been or knows someone who has experienced loneliness. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author Mr. Steinbeck incorporates many different themes. A major theme is how loneliness affects everyone is some type of way wether it is one of our main characters in George, a female in Curley's wife, or some one of a different race in Crooks. This comes to show loneliness affects everyone regardless of age, sex,…
English- Control Assessment
‘Of Mice and Men’
Of Mice and Men is a short novel written by the author John Steinbeck, in which he explores the themes of friendship and loneliness. Following the lives of the 1930s ranch workers, and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’ and how events can conspire against the realization of ones dreams. For, Steinbeck’s characters, the dream of land represents independence and honour, George and…
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"Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (38). Of Mice and Men is a genius book written by John Steinbeck. The book itself has many themes. This paper is going to focus on loneliness. Steinbeck does a good job showing loneliness among people.
The character Crooks, the stable buck, is lonely. He was black. Because he is black, he doesn’t get to hang out with the other…
In the novella Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck loneliness is a key theme and many characters show this trait. These characters are Curley’s wife, Crooks, Slim, George and Candy. Curley’s wife shows loneliness by always complaining about not being able to talk to anyone and she pesters everyone to talk to her. Crooks shows loneliness be talking to Lennie about what he would do if George didn’t come back from town and he is also the only black person there on the ranch (shows it is what Crooks is…
In Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, friendship becomes very valuable early on. Lennie and George are seen as an odd pair since no two men usually travel together, but as the story goes on their friendship is what so many of the ranch workers long for. The characters that Lennie and George run into are hard and tough men but even though they put up walls against others, they want a friend just like Lennie has George and vice versa. We can see that the friendship Lennie and George bring to the story…
Name- Rusha Srinjayi Sen
Grade – 9
Subject – English
Teacher – Mr.Kent
Date – Thursday 20th, November 2014.
Of Mice and Men Summative Essay
Question : Explain the value of relationships in this story, and how this contrasts to the problem of loneliness. Be sure to include insight about the value of this idea in society.
Written by John Stienback, Of Mice and Men, is a story about two uncommon friends, George and Lennie who travel and work from place to place so that they can earn enough money…
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men is a book written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The book Of Mice and Men is about two men named George and Lennie. George is a smart but smaller man, whereas Lennie is very big and strong but has a mental disability. They find work at a ranch but soon find themselves in a dangerous situation when Lennie has accidentally killed the wife of Curley, who is their boss’s son. Curley vows to kill Lennie, but before he is able to do so George chooses to take the life of his…
In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, he introduces his audience to a band of characters that all want one thing: “The American Dream.” In this 1950s, the American dream was owning a house, having a dog, two kids, and a loving wife. During the 1930s, the dream was quite different –surviving was the dream. Using characters such as Lennie and George, as futile as it is, is extremely powerful because even though there is no chance that they can fulfill their…