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Describe carefully the life of the ranch-hands in Of Mice and Men. Why was the dream farm so important to George and Lennie

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Describe carefully the life of the ranch-hands in 'Of Mice and Men'. Why was 'the dream farm' so important to George and Lennie? October 1929, the great depression began, the United States stock market dropped rapidly, this was known as the 'wall street crash'. Thousands of investors lost huge sums of money and lost everything, millions of jobs were lost due to companies going bankrupt, families had to travel for miles across America to try and find work to earn a bit of money to buy food; many people and families were dying of starvation. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck is a novel set during the 1930's, it tells a story of two men who are travelling around to find work. George Milton George Milton, he is one of the main characters in the book, he is a small quick witted man, he is very close to Lennie and looks out for him, and he needs Lennie as a friend, to get jobs and for a companion. He shares a dream with Lennie to own their own little place and live on the 'Fatta Land'. George is honest with people he trusts, He tells Slim he used to play tricks on Lennie and why they got chased out of Weed. ...read more.

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Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it. I never got that letter'. She is also very naive. Curley Curley is the boss's son, he doesn't need to work like the other ranch hands, and he has a lot of time to kill. He is a little guy, so he hates big guys, e.g. Lennie. He is a prized fighter and is always looking for opportunities to fight, 'he glanced coldly at George then Lennie, his arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hand turned to fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance was both calculating and pugnacious'. He is newly married and is very possessive of his wife, but he still visits brothels. There is a rumour going round the ranch saying that Curley wears a glove full of Vaseline to keep his hand soft for his wife. Crooks Crooks is a black stable buck; he is the only permanent employee at the ranch, this is because when he was younger he was kicked in the back by as horse, which left him constantly in pain. He is the only black man around and is isolated because of this e.g. He is not allowed in the bunk house or into town with the other ranch hands. ...read more.

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and is excellent at his job as he is a natural leader at the ranch. Everyone respects his views and looks up to him. He is similar to Curley because they both have authority, Slim has respect of all of the men, yet Curley has none. He has quiet dignity: he doesn't need to assert himself to have authority. 'There was gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all stopped talking when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, politics or love'. He understands the relationship between George and Lennie. He helps George at the end in his decision to shoot Lennie as Lennie had killed Curley's Wife and he reassures George that he did the right thing. We know little else about him, which gives him a slightly mysterious quality. Do you think he is too good to be true? In the book I have noticed a few comparisons between the characters, Crooks and Curley's wife are similar, they are both lonely and are thought as second class citizens because they are different (one is a girl and one is black) also there are contrasts between Curley and Slim, they are both figures of authority yet, Slim has respect while Curley has none, the main characters George and Lennie are completely different, George is small and sharp minded, while Lennie is big and slow. By Rowan Cooper ...read more.

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