• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

mice and men

Extracts from this document...


COURSEWORK 'OF MICE AND MEN' How does the author deal with dreams and loneliness of mice and me? The novel 'Of mice and men' was first published in 1937, and was very successful. It's based on 1930's America during the Great Depression. The setting of the novel was along the Salinas River 'A few miles south of Soledad'. This literally translates from Spanish into English meaning solitude of loneliness. In this coursework I shall set out to discuss the recurring theme of loneliness evident 'Of mice and men' and to show how Steinbeck conveys the importance of the American dream in his novel 'Of mice and men' In the novel 'Of mice and men' John Steinbeck used many characters like crook, Curley's wife, Candy and Lennie to point out the dreams and loneliness in the novel. Loneliness affects many of the characters in this story. One of the lonely characters is Crook. Crooks is lonely because he is black and no one wants to be near him. This was when blacks were segregated from whites. No one ever wants to visit him. Also, because he is black, he has his room out in the stables with the horses. ...read more.


This shows that he needs a friend who understands him. Lennie's dream is of owning a farm of his own with George. In his dreams he looks after the rabbits. He likes this idea because he likes to pet things and the small thing he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. He also remembers that he used to pet rabbits when he lived with his aunt Clara. Steinbeck also used Curley's wife to show the theme of dreams and loneliness, because she is the only woman on the ranch. Curley's wife is found running around looking for Curley. Mostly she is trying to find someone to talk to. She would usually only see Curley after he was done with his job and for her that's too long to go out without talking to someone. What she did was hang around the guys and try to start a conversation with them. The guys don't talk to her because she is a trouble. When Lenny shows up she tries to make friends with him Curley's wife dreams of being a film star. ...read more.


If this happens, he will have nowhere to go and no one to care about him. When he hears George and Lennie's dream he sees a future in which he will own a farm and be forever safe from being canned. He is willing to put up his compensation money to achieve his dreams and he has the pleasure of planning what he will do on his own place. Candy's dream is shattered by the death of Lennie Steinbeck used one character that's lonely but doesn't seem to be is George. George is lonely because he is always yelling at Lenny. He's lonely because he can't talk to Lenny the way he wants to in an adult manner. Usually when the two have a conversation, George has to repeat everything he says two or three times to Lenny understands and doesn't forget. George makes friends with candy, slim, and whit to hopefully have a conversation with someone of his intelligence. He puts up with Lennie because he knows that is he is left alone, Lenny will probably die Although, George had Lennie's company, he wanted to have his own family. George considered himself as a lonely man because his dreams were to have a wife and his own farm. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Authors section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Authors essays

  1. How does Charles Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking in the ...

    His dialogue is pleading and he 'prays'. This makes it seem as though in times of desperation, Pip's faith is still strong. This is representative of the time as most people were God-fearing and regularly attended church. Sympathy soon develops for Pip because he has this intimidating man bearing down upon him, threatening to eat him.

  2. of mice an men

    " A huge man shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his." This quotation shows how he has features that resemble a bear.

  1. Great Expectations Settings in Novel

    All Miss Havisham's personal objects (like her shoes are not put on properly), adds an air of suspense because you don't know why she is like this. The way this has happened is like the way in which Pip receives money from a benefactor.

  2. Of Mice and Men comparison film essay

    We don't know much about the men only that they are travelling to a nearby ranch to work there, although hints have been dropped about why they are working at this ranch. George mentions that if Lennie gets into trouble like Weed then he should go back to the Brush

  1. Of mice and men coursework

    Though out the course of the book we receive a very clear indication on what George and lennies dream is. It is not just mentioned once but on numerous occasions during the book. The two men dream of living a life away from the lonely depths of migrant ranch working

  2. How does Ayub Khan-Din portray conflict in the play East is East

    She feels that she deserves more respect from her husband, but does not because she does not do everything how George's first wife would do it in Pakistan or like a Muslim should, which she has confronted him about. "I your bloody husband, you supposed to be Muslim.

  1. tension built up-of mice and men

    It makes the theme of dramatic tension more tension. Steinbeck uses the dead puppy to imply readers the death of Curley's wife. The scene in the barn begins ominously, with Lennie holding his dead puppy, and stroking it in the same way he stroked the dead mouse at the beginning of the novel.

  2. How Does Charles Dickens Create Characters That Are Both Memorable And Striking? Refer To ...

    Charles Dickens makes Pip as an orphan, many heroes in Charles Dickens novels are orphans such as Pip, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. This reflects Charles Dickens life of how he left his parents and became what he wanted to be, he was also an expert in this as he experienced this himself.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work