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Consider the theme in Of mice and men, how does it effect the friendships and relationships in the novel

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Mohammed Hatam CONSIDER THE THEME IN 'OF MICE AND MEN'. HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE NOVEL (FINAL DRAFT) INTRODUCTION * The book Of Mice and Men was set in the time of the great depression of the 1930's in California in a place called Soledad. Men travelled around looking for any work they could find, they had to leave families and homes just to make money. Even firms and companies went bankrupt, these were depressing and desperate times, no hope and no future. * During this period of time there was a depression in America. Unemployment was high, so men moved from ranch to ranch looking for work, never staying in one place long enough to firm any real relationships, so this was a very lonely existence. * John Steinbeck's inspiration from came from him at an earlier age working as a migrant farm worker and so he understood completely about the conditions and life around him so he could really create an atmospheric story. * It is based on two men, George and Lennie, who travelled from ranch to ranch. George is a small and fairly intelligent man while Lennie is a large man of very little intelligence. They had travelled together for a long time. ...read more.

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The ability to judge one's own strength is one of the first signs of maturity, and it is important that Lennie doesn't have this ability. Despite the major flaws in his character he is amiable and 'friendly ', and doesn't do any of the bad things he does on purpose.He has a poor memory, and has to repeat things to himself many times to remember them. Even then, he still forgets them. He has a blind faith in George, trusting in him to protect and look after his welfare. For example, remember the incident George describes to Slim when he told Lennie to "jump in the river" and Lennie obeyed, without a thought to his own well being. This illustrates Lennie's trust in George, and also his immaturity.However, it must be noted that Lennie can still be quite crafty, as when he cunningly persuades George to tell him the story about the rabbits by threatening to leave him. Paragraph 2 * Because of Lennie's handicap George has established a personality around his companion to make it easier to live around him. George has found a way of coping with Lennie which is to shout at him.... " God a' mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy." He supports him in the way he needs although when he is angry he does criticize him "As dum as a horse". ...read more.

Conclusion

She seems to be of limited intelligence, as this shows her how desperate she is to escape. It is partly her desire to be petted and admired which leads her to allow Lennie to stroke her hair, which in turn leads to her death at Lennie's hands. She is only ever known as 'Curley's wife' which indicates that the author viewed her as a possession of Curley's rather than a human being. I pity her as she made a mistake into leading herself into these problems with Curley and this is making her bored ill. Paragraph 6 * The next afternoon, Lennie is in the barn. All of the other men are outside playing a game of horseshoes, and Lennie's only company is his dead puppy. Lennie had accidentally killed it. He fears that George will not let him tend and feed the rabbits if George knows that he killed the puppy. While Lennie wonders what to do, Curley's wife appears. She tries to get Lennie to talk to her, but Lennie is reluctant, since George had threatened to forbid him from tending his rabbits if Lennie ever did so. When she directs Lennie's attention to his puppy, though, Lennie forgets about not talking to her. He explains everything to her. Curley's wife listens sympathetically, and she tells Lennie about her aspirations of being an actress, and how she believes her mother deliberately thwarted her plans. ...read more.

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