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Of Mice And Men

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Introduction

Explore the theme of loneliness in 'Of Mice and Men' Of Mice and Men was originally written by John Ernst Steinbeck. It was published in 1937. John Ernst Steinbeck was born on 27 February 1902. The whole novel is centred on the landscape around the Salinas. Steinbeck was the third of four children, of mixed German and Irish descent. During the depression years of the 1930's, Steinbeck raises questions in the mind of the reader that the novel would be based on loneliness. Steinbeck himself gave us a big hint by calling the nearby town 'Soledad'. This means 'Loneliness' in Spanish. John Steinbeck's family was wealthy, but he was interested in the lives of farm labourers. It gave him a inspiration to write books about migrant workers. He could have been a doctor or a teacher, but he chose to become an author. John Steinbeck must have met a lot of people like Lennie and George, so he has ideas to write an interesting book. The historical context of the novel is that it's all about the depression years in the 1930's. Steinbeck wanted the audience to understand how hard life was in the 1930's. Back then, it was illegal to be unemployed. ...read more.

Middle

George said 'We weren't thinking of a third person. Cause we was gonna do it on our own'. George knew that it was owned by old people who might be willing to sell it for $600 or so. Candy confesses he has $350 saved up and asks if he can come in with them. George really begins to believe that his dream might become a reality. George, Lennie and Candy all get excited about the bunkhouse, and said to keep it between us, nobody else. He needs to work for another month or two and not spend anything so that they will have the stake to buy the farm. This will be good for Candy because then he can live a happy life and avoid the loneliness in the life of a ranch worker. He's worked here for so long and wants to change his miserable life and make it peaceful. Candy was moaning that he just let a stranger shoot his dog. By the look of him, he could see that Carlson didn't like the smell of Candy's old dog. Carlson asks Slim to give Candy one of the other pups so that the old dog can be shot. Once the dog has been shot, Candy feels strong pressure towards his mind because he had him since he was a pup and now suddenly he's just been killed. ...read more.

Conclusion

George always gets annoyed of Lennie and Lennie says that he will go up to the hills. George knows that he's the only one who has to get him out of trouble. But then decides if Lennie's gone, then he can have total freedom and do anything he wants. At the end, it might of been a mistake to shoot Lennie. The first paragraph tells us about the introduction of John Steinbeck. It also tells the readers what is going to happen. Paragraph two describes the setting and ranch workers. It's the setting of the story and the ranch workers. Paragraph number three let's the readers understand Crooks. It also describes his ethnic group and his rights. The fourth paragraph tells us about Candy. It tells the readers about his loving dog and his dreams towards the ranch. The fifth paragraph also describes Curley's Wife. The way she acts in the story, and how lonely she is. Finally, the last paragraph tells the readers about the friendship of George and Lennie. It tells us how George and Lennie travel together, live together and the trouble that they get into. It also summarises George and Lennie's dream. John Steinbeck is trying to say that life in the 1930s in California was lonely. He doesn't just write it down, because that will just give the point away. He wants the readers to imagine it for themselves. ...read more.

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