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of mice and men

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Introduction

"Of Mice and Men", is a well-established 1937 novel published by the legendary author, John Steinbeck. Born in Salinas, California, he based this outstanding work on personal experiences of the depression. Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men", during the last phase of the Great Depression, which was triggered by the Wall Street Crash in 1929 and lead to a great number of American civilians losing their jobs. It also caused many American people to lose their homes, for many could not afford to maintain paying their mortgages. This was due to their income being inadequate for the resources they required. Every event, which had occurred, would have resulted in people feeling emotionally insecure, since they would have to start their lives again from scratch. People were not sure what they were going to do, whether they would receive decent work, where would they live. They did not feel safe or secure anymore. During the 1930's, agencies were set up to send migrant farm workers to ranches where they were required. "Ranches", as they were called, would earn $2.50 or $3.00 a day with food and basic accommodation. ...read more.

Middle

This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." There are many levels of racial prejudice exhibited throughout the novel to illustrate Crooks' insecurity. The majority of ranch hands dislike or don't socialise with Crooks, although they would not go out of their way to insult him. This attitude of the farm-hands increases Crooks' insecurity, as he has no one to talk or socialise with, which results in him feeling lonely. Crooks go on about his loneliness to Lennie "A guy needs somebody to be near him" he whined. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you" he cried "I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" .By this stage Crook is looking for sympathy, he is so incredibly lonely even to the point of saying that loneliness can make you ill. Curley's wife on the other hand is rude without excuse. "listen nigger", she said you know what I can do to you if you open your trap". She abuses her position and has no respect for him at all, she doesn't even refer to him by his name. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though Lennie is deemed childlike due to his mental condition, physically he is a giant and quite capable of hurting other people once his temper is triggered, of which curly discovered when he approached him in the bunkhouse " ". Of course during the caused of the play, where ultimate undoing is caused by a loss of temper on decling with Curley's Wife, after she baits him, we see yet another sadness in the novel where George "puts his friend down" himself rather then taking the risk of another bad situation occurring elsewhere if they escaped, resulting in them both having too scamper away again, risking both there lives " ". Lennie analogous to Crooks could therefore be a victim of circumstance, whilst he an the other dubious characters, Curley's wife, whose will always stay a mystery, truly represent the saddest elements in the book. In all their causes, as well as with the characters, we perceive that the only way they aim to get through life is through the victimization of the American Dream " ". The reader will know from the early stage this is all it will ever be for the vast majority of the people we encounter in "Of Mice and Men". ?? ?? ?? ?? By Manish K. Tailor 11M ...read more.

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