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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' is one of those books which make you believe everything that takes place between the covers. Books like these always remain as classics, because of their very informative and believable stories. John Steinbeck especially excels in this, and therefore is the reason I have chosen this book to describe. 'Of Mice and Men', the title of the novel, originates from the poem 'To a Mouse', by Robert Burns. It means that no matter what you plan to do in the future, something will always go wrong. It comes from the line '...the best laid schemes o' Mice and Men, Gang aft agley'. The title of the book was originally 'Something that Happened', as the story is about what actually happened, not what should or could happen (at least to John Steinbeck). This is always at the back of the readers mind. During 1919 until 1926 (while Steinbeck was at college), he took up a few manual, and unskilled jobs, one being where he became a farm labourer on ranches between King City, and Santa Clara in Northern California. ...read more.


What Lennie doesn't understand though is his own strength. He also has a fetish for soft things, such as petting small animals; women's dresses etc., which always leads him to disaster. You can easily tell from the beginning of the book, where the reader is first introduced to Lennie that something bad is going to happen to him. Because of his disabilities, and how helpless he is, you can be very sympathetic with him. During the novel, he doesn't manage to avoid the dangers created by Curley, Curley's wife, or the world. Because he acts very innocently, you can tell that he doesn't do things on purpose, but by accident. I think Lennie never knows what he is really doing, and cannot tell the difference between something being good or bad. Because of the things Lennie does, George ends up usually having to stick up for him, and help him when he needs it. George is the only character in the novel who fully understands that Lennie never means to do anything he shouldn't. ...read more.


He tells Lennie to go away at first, but eventually invites him in for company. All that Crooks (in the novel) wants is to be treated as an equal with the other men at the ranch. He wants to be able to enter the bunkhouse, or play cards with the other men. In conclusion, I believe that this book provides a very powerful impact to the reader, the main reason being because it shows how real life actually was in America at that time. It tells of how coloured people were treated differently, how women were looked upon as second class, and also how cruel real life can actually be. If say, the ending of the story was altered, where Lennie lived, and everyone lived happily ever after, you would not be able to appreciate it as much. The reason being, that life doesn't always have a happy ending. Things never turn out the way you want them to. No matter how hard you try, events occur which can alter your hopes and your dreams. This book shows the message very loud and clear, and certainly provided a powerful impact to myself. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alistair Bell ...read more.

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