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Of Mice and Men.

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Of Mice and Men. I have recently finished reading in class the novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck. In my essay I am going to discuss the important features like the themes and the symbolism. The story is set in the 1930's during the time of the Depression. It is based on the friendship between two grown men, George 'a smart little guy' and Lennie 'he's just like a kid, ain't he?' that have been together from a very young age, looking all over the country for work. The two have a dream that they want so badly to come true but unfortunately there is a twist in the tale and everything goes wrong. ...read more.


After all, she had been promised to become an actor from the age of fifteen, the only thing that had stopped her was her mother. All of the dreams have an unlikelihood of coming true, which makes them all very similar. Another important theme of the story is loneliness. All of the characters experience loneliness at one point in the story for Crooks he sits all alone in his barn and lets no one in. He is shut off from the other workers because he is black and has a crooked back giving him his name. This leaves him to be a bitter, grumpy old man. Candy is another of the workers who is old and crippled and left mostly on his own. ...read more.


He eventually ends up getting a puppy on the ranch but due to his 'brute strength' he ends up killing the poor thing. When he was fighting with Curley the book made it out to sound like Lennie picked him up like you or I would lift a feather, effortlessly with no hassle at all. There is a connection between Candy and his dog, George and Lennie. Candy's dog like Lennie ends up being 'put down' this leaves both characters lonely, I think John Steinbeck purposely meant for that to happen making a comparison between the two characters. Overall I think this was a good short novel it was quite basic but I still enjoyed how it was written more like a play than a story. Craig Hamilton Craig Hamilton Of Mice and Men Craig Hamilton Of Mice and Men ...read more.

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