Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression—George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a man of large stature and great strength but limited mental abilities—are on their way to another part of California in Soledad. They hope to one day attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream is merely to tend to (and touch) soft rabbits on the farm. This dream is one of Lennie's favorite stories, which George constantly retells. They are fleeing from their previous employment in Weed, California, where they were run out of town after Lennie's love of stroking soft things resulted in an accusation of attempted rape, when he touched a young woman's dress, and would not let go. It soon becomes clear that the two are close friends and George is Lennie's protector. The theme of friendship is a constant throughout the story.At the ranch, the situation appears to be menacing and dangerous, especially when the pair are confronted by Curley — The Boss's small-statured, aggressive son with an inferiority complex who dislikes larger men — leaving the gentle giant Lennie potentially vulnerable. Curley's flirtatious and provocative wife, to whom Lennie is instantly attracted, poses a problem as well. In sharp contrast to these two characters, the pair also meets Slim, the kind, intelligent and intuitive jerkline-skinner whose dog has recently had a litter of puppies. Slim gives a puppy to Lennie.In spite of the potential problems on the ranch, their dream leaps towards reality when Candy, the aged, one-handed ranch hand, offers to pitch in with George and Lennie so that they can buy a farm at the end of the month, in return for permission to live with them on it. The trio are ecstatic, but their joy is overshadowed when Curley attacks Lennie. In response, Lennie, urged on by George, catches Curley's fist and crushes it, reminding the group there are still obstacles to overcome before their goal is reached.Nevertheless, George feels more relaxed, since the dream seems just within their grasp, to the extent that he even leaves Lennie behind on the ranch while he goes into town with the other ranch hands. Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers because he is black. Candy finds them and they discuss their plans for the farm with Crooks, who cannot resist asking them if he can hoe a garden patch on the farm, despite scorning the possibility of achieving the dream. Curley's wife makes another appearance and flirts with the men, especially Lennie. However, her spiteful side is shown when she belittles them and is especially harsh towards Crooks because of his race
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
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A persons ability to have total and complete freedom can be limited by the responsibilities he has in his life. Throughout Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, characters struggle to balance their desire for freedom and their responsibilities to others. George has a lot of responsibilities in the novel. He feels he has responsibility to look after Lennie, putting restrictions on Georges life. George at the end, has responsibility because he feels responsible for Lennie and
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As a result from the Wall Street Crash in the world’s stock markets, 1930’s America had become a place of isolation and hardships. It was during this period that author John Steinbeck set his novel “Of Mice and Men” in attempt to highlight the struggle of man’s desperate search for work in which the compassionate nature of men was lost. This made loneliness almost inevitable because every man was trapped in their own hole trying to dig their way out.
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On October 29 1929, millions of dollars were wiped out in an event that became to be known as the Wall Street Crash. This led to the Depression in America which crippled the country. People lost their life savings when firms and banks went bust. Shares became worthless and many people had all of their money in them. 12-15 million men and women went unemployed. Food was short and the
Many people have friends that contribute to their own destructions, but sometimes doing what’s right for the both of you may be easier said than done. Many people may not agree with Georges decision to kill Lennie at the end of the novel , Of Mice And Men, however throughout the entire book, the author, John
Steinbeck, included several reasons that support the fact George had no other choice . It doesn’t take a lot to see why George had to kill Lennie. He consistently stayed in
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It’s ok for mercy killing because, most of the time people can tell if someone is miserable so as long as you’re just putting them out of their misery it is ok. Mercy killing is ok in many ways. In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck suggests that mercy killing is ok.
Mercy killing is acceptable because you’re just
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Every writer reveals their novel’s characters in different ways. Authors decide to show the characteristics of characters through either indirect or direct characterization. John Steinbeck wrote the famous book Of Mice and Men which is one of American literature’s tragic stories. Steinbeck does a good job in using indirect characterization to describe George Milton in his book Of Mice and Men. I would like touch
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck
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
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John Steinbeck was born on February the 27th 1902 and died one December the 20th, 1968. He was a famous American writer. He is mostly known for his novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ which he published in 1939. He is also known for ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’. He was the writer of twenty-seven books, sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories, he also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.