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Explore the presentation of George and Lennies relationship in Of mice and men, by John Steinbeck.

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Mitul Bhuva 10.3 Explore the presentation of George and Lennie?s relationship in ?Of mice and men?, by John Steinbeck. Introduction In John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," the main character of George and Lennie demonstrates a deep and genuine love for each other in the face of a society in which individuals shows little care for each other. The 1930?s American great depression played a huge part in ?of mice and men?. This is a novel of defeated hope and the harsh reality of the American Dream. George and Lennie are poor homeless migrant workers, doomed to a life of wandering and toil in which they are never able to reap the fruits of their labour and hard work. Their desires may not seem so unfamiliar to any other American: a place of their own, the opportunity to work for themselves and harvest what they sew with no one to take anything from them or give them orders. George and Lennie desperately cling to the notion that they are different from other workers who drift from ranch to ranch because, unlike the others, they have a future and each other. But characters like Crooks and Curley's wife serve as reminders that George and Lennie are no different from anyone who wants something of his or her own. ...read more.

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in the stove? this is a very powerful message that Steinbeck presents , it shows that no matter what class you are no matter how you look or no matter who you are , everyone can have a dream , and everyone can reach there dream no matter how big or small it is. Even though during the great depression , dreams wasn?t the most commen thing, but it didn?t stop goerge and Lennie wanting a dream. Hard ship is also a huge theme, Upon reading the novel entitled ?Of Mice and Men? written by John Steinbeck, a reader will most often notice three themes. These themes are enduring hardship to achieve the American dream, hope and happiness, and the contrast of loneliness and friendship. Included in this essay will be an analysis of these three themes along with direct quotation and some short paraphrasing. The Great Depression was a difficult time for all Americans. The economy was in a terrible state and many were forced to work just to meet the basic needs- food and shelter. Because of this, people moved around a lot looking for work. This is exactly what George Milton and Lennie Small faced in Of Mice and Men. ...read more.

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The theme death and voilnce is quite commen in the novel and in the times of 1930s, ? where we goin, George??. ? the little man jerked down the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lennie ?so you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do i? Jesus Christ, you?re a crazy bastard?. ?I forgot? Lennie said softly this shows that George is really aggressive towards Lennie as he swares using ? crazy bastard? and its also a very violent way of speaking also when George says ?Well , that was a lie. An? im damn glad it was. If I was a relative of yours I?d shoot myself? this is a very arrogant and harsh quote as it states if I was related to someone who was ?dumb? and ?slow? I would actually kill my self , Steinbeck does this by showing in the 1930s violence and death wasn?t a problem , the police wouldn?t do anything and you could get away with murder so violence to them was nothing it gives a impression of that the violent attitude used in the novel as used just as normal remarks that people used against each other in the 1930s. ...read more.

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