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Of mice and men

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Of Mice and Men George and Lennie Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize winner author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Two migrant field workers in California's Salinas Valley during the Great Depression, George: an intelligent and cynical man; and Lennie: a man of large stature and immense strength but limited mental abilities, come to a ranch in Salinas ville, California to work and earn money to survive. They hope to one day attain their shared dream of buying their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream, which George never tires of hearing, is merely to tend andto touch soft rabbits on the farm. George protects Lennie at the beginning by telling him that if Lennie gets into trouble George won't let him "tend them rabbits." They are running away from their previous employment in Weed where they were run out of town after Lennie's love of stroking soft things resulted in an accusation of attempted rape when he touched a young woman's dress. At the ranch, the dream appears to move closer to reality. Candy, the aged, one-handed, even offers to pitch in with Lennie and George so they can buy the farm by the end of the month. ...read more.


This shows Lennie's knowledge of what American Dream is. In addition, it reveals that there is still a great amount of hope for the American Dream in Lennie's mind. Some time after, George says to Crooks: " It ain't no lie. Were gonna do it. Gonna go get a little place an' live offa the fatta the lan' ". The men on the ranch wish to succeed their work for their own freedom. Hope for a more successful life still exists in the desperate eyes of the men and women on the farm. George is a migrant worker who travels from farm to farm with his 'mental' friend Lennie during the Depression of the time. The two dream of earning enough money to buy a small farm where Lennie can tend rabbits. With his mental superiority, George assumes has a dominant role with Lennie, acting as a parent. Because Lennie tends to involve George in big problems, George must be responsible, always careful on him and ready to deal with any tragedy that Lennie may create. Despite the many problems that Lennie causes George, he stays with his simple-minded friend as a something against loneliness and he retains a hope that the two will eventually leave the desgracefull life of a migrant worker to live a more fulfilling better life. ...read more.


on the day after, that made the boss very suspicious because they could lose their job for coming late and in that time everyone needed a job. Secondly they came together and as I said the book was written in capitalism time and in capitalism time no-one helps, hangs with others people and them two came together, which that make the boss even more suspicious of them two. Thirdly Lennie didn't talk much while they were with the boss and George didn't let him talk much to avoid problems to happen between Lennie and the boss which shows that George is trying to help Lennie; as evidence the boss said :'Then why don't you let him answer?'' to George and later on he says ' I never seen one guy take so much trouble...interest is". Maybe The boss thought they were gay as well. All George is trying to do is protect Lennie from danger and trouble and keep company for him self; he does his best to keep Lennie safe and not letting him cause trouble. He could have left Lennie to a institution and let them take care of him, but he doesn't do that because Lennie gives him a good friendship and company, so that he doesn't feel lonely,There ain't part of the play where George takes advantage of Lennie. Bavin Jiten Gamnadasa 11/62 ...read more.

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