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Life of a migrant worker in of mice and men This novella, written by John Steinbeck, is a story about two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small. They travel around with each other, during the Depression, looking for work. In the first chapter, George and Lennie are portrayed like tramps, who wander the streets looking for a place to live and work. They get both of these as the agency 'Murray and Ready's' find them work at 'Buck Barley'. George is very dependant on Lennie throughout the book, as George is mentally immature. They both, however, rely on each other for companionship, as they travel around together, and they need someone to talk to in the ranch. Lennie does say, though, in section one, how he could've had a girlfriend, and go into town to spend his wages every month. The story is set on a ranch, where the two men eventually find work at 'Buck Barley'. Many people, during the Depression, migrated to states like California in search of work on farms and ranches. This is what George and Lennie did, but we later find out exactly why they come to California. ...read more.


I been with George a long time". It's at this point that George starts to doubt what he thinks, "Don't you think he will?" Lennie gets very angry and starts asking what Crooks has done to him. Life was very strict for the men, they were ordered about left, right and centre, and always told what to do. The men needed the money, so they never argued - they just got on with what they were supposed to be doing. The bunk-houses that they lives in were small - so they had no privacy at all! This did mean that they bonded quite well with each, though, as there wasn't enough space to fall out or argue. The exception, however, was Curley and Lennie, who didn't get on. We are shown this when Lennie loses his temper in the bunk-house with Curley and ends up crushing his hand. We can tell that life is very lonely for the men on the ranch: "Guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got not family. They don't belong no place". Curley's wife is probably the person who gets the loneliest on the ranch, even though she isn't a migrant worker, as her husband doesn't pay her any attention whatsoever. ...read more.


I think it is a nice way of ending Lennie's life - with a nice image in his head and thinking about something he loves. In my opinion, the migrant workers had a 'dream', so they had something to look forward to and work towards when they had enough money. They seem very positive that they will eventually get their land. We can't tell this when they say, "We got a future". Steinbeck uses simple language and double negatives to describe life on the ranch, "I ain't got no people". He also uses slang to show how the American accent would actually say it if spoken. This makes is easier to read. "A guy on ranch don't never listen nor he don't ast no questions". Steinbeck describes the men on the ranch to be very lonely, most of the time, and we see this with the types of games they play. The men also look out for each other. George describes Lennie as "a hell of a good worker" to the boss, as he doesn't want Lennie to ruin their chance of getting a job. By using the slang and expletives, Steinbeck portrays the men to be simple American guys, who just want to get on with earning a healthy living. ...read more.

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