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In 'Of Mice and Men' Steinbeck explores the idea of the American dream. This idea is still prevalent today

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Introduction

The story' Of Mice and Men' is a novella written by John Steinbeck. Although Steinbeck writes the story in the late 1930's, he sets it in California, Soledad, while the Great Depression was being taking place in America, which followed the Stock Market collapse of 1929, and the Californian farmers had little money to spare to pay these itinerant workers. This caused millions of workers to lose their jobs, which lead to poverty and unemployment. A lot of men could not find work and there families suffered evection and starvation. Steinbeck witnessed the hardship around him and his great novels including 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'Cannery Row' these novels describe life during the Great Depression. 'Of Mice and Men' shows how there were a shortage of work and describe the lives of two itinerant workers, George and Lennie. George and lennie are the two main characters in the book, and showed the relationship between the two friends. George was small and restless; he had a dark face with restless eyes and sharp strong features. He was bright, quick and clever who looks after the mentally disabled strong 'Lennie'. Lennie has a child's mind and is very childlike by wanting to feel soft things. His body is immensely strong and has never learnt how to control his body strength. ...read more.

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Which he shows his aggressive behavior towards those weaker than himself. Curley's wife wants to be a film star, which her dream can't happen as she is married to Curley where he doesn't allow her to do or speak to anyone apart from himself. It shows that the marriage has failed, maybe, as he can't satisfy her emotionally or physically. Due to her loneliness she try's to seek attention with other men and can't escape from the sexual image of what other men have of her. Because of the circumstances of her own isolation she therefore cultivates this image as a means of getting noticed, to talk to someone. Candy wants to work on his own land and no one to push him around. Crooks is the only black person on the ranch his dream was also to have his own ranch and no one to tell him what to do and to have no racist comments. So for the ranch workers to get this life they will have to work very hard. However for George and Lennie the dream could only ever be a dream. They want to believe in its reality but it is only ever 'wishful thinking'. George and Lennie's dream is all to do with having freedom, to not have to be 'canned' to not work on days they didn't want to. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another time where he panics was the killing of Curley's wife he didn't mean it he just wanted to feel her hair, he is also selfish in ways as he ended up killing her as she was screaming, and all because that George may tell him off and not let him tend the rabbits. In conclusion the only person who achieves their dream is Lennie, as he dies thinking about their dream where George was reciting it to him at the Salinas River, before he dies knowing that the dream was in his mind. Steinbeck successfully shows the working life of that time and the dreams, of what everyone wanted to be 'to have a rich, and relaxed life', which people still have that dream today. Steinbeck's sympathy and compassion for the characters, evident his storytelling is on their side. The title 'Of mice and Men' links to the poem 'To a Mouse' by Robert burns, he said '...the best laid schemes o' mice and men, gang aft agley'. And means 'no matter how well we may plan the future things often go wrong'. And this is where Steinbeck chose this as a title. Steinbeck's style is very good and adapts to his subject matter, imagery and dialogue. He tells this story in a convincing way without explaining in detail why everything happened and that it was nobody's fault in particular events and why they turned out as they did. ...read more.

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