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Comment on the ways in which Steinbeck portrays loneliness, boredom and the need to escape in 'Of Mice and Men'

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Comment on the ways in which Steinbeck portrays loneliness, boredom and the need to escape in 'Of Mice and Men' Of mice and men was set in the early decade before the Second World War when economic depression was in America. The writer of the poem is John Steinbeck, who was born in salines, California, in 1902. He was a man who tried to become a freelance writer there but eventually returned to California. He died in the heart of America, New York City in 1968. At that time there were several things going on in America, such as, the great depression, racial segregation, the American dream and so on. The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. It caused enormous hardship for tens of millions of people and the failure of a large fraction of the nation's banks, businesses, and farms. ...read more.


he bitter wife of Curley attempts to seduce the ranch hands; she has a mean streak and is a vehicle for spreading evil, and she was addressed as a "rat trap" by George. She still holds some small hope of a better life, claiming that she had the chance to become a movie star in Hollywood. Like the ranch hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. Curley's Wife is the only major character in Of Mice and Men whom Steinbeck does not give a name. She dislikes her husband and feels desperately lonely at the ranch, for she is the only woman and feels isolated from the other men. Lennie and George travel around together and live together, this suggests that they have some kind of close relationship. The men are wandering ranch workers who travel together in search of any available opportunities to earn money. Lennie depends on George as does George on Lennie for all different times in their travels. ...read more.


Wants to get out of this place. He hears about the dream of lennie and George, and decides that he will go with them to get out of the barn. I will take a long time for lennie and George to make the dream come true but, when candy tells them that he's got a lot of money already and there's more money coming, lennie and George see this dream coming true and they welcome candy to their place. After this plan is made, lennie kills Curley's wife which causes new problems. After lennie running away from the scene, all of the other ranch workers wanted to kill him, so it was up to George what to do. George meets lennie and talks to him about the dream and just when lennie gets excited George kills him to sudden death. This makes candy and George stay in the barn, their dream ended in few minutes. All of this concludes to that, people weren't pleased with the way they lead their lives and they all had a dream of finding friendship and happiness. This novel has included many chapters that lead to this. ?? ?? ?? ?? By- Ravjot Singh Form- 11P ...read more.

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