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Of Mice And Men - Character analysis.

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INTRODUCTION: My task for this piece of coursework is to answer these questions in as much detail as possible: 1).What sorts of life do men like George and Lennie lead? 2).Why is the dream such an attractive alternative? QUESTION 1; Part A: George and Lennie are migrant American labourers who travel from ranch to ranch looking for work and some money at the end of the month and after about two there sacked because "the boss" doesn't want them anymore because they have done their bit. They have no use to "the boss" so he sends them on their way thus the name "migrant American labourers". The book was set in the 1930's, in the era of the Great Depression when work was rare and workers would travel hundreds of miles to get to their next ranch where they would hope that they would be accepted there. Agriculture was in the worst state it had been in ages because of the great dust storms that were coming straight through the Mid- West, immortalised by the folk/blues singer, Woodie Guthrie. Jobs the workers are expected to do are grain collecting (which is driving the cultivator to dump a big pile of grain then the men are expected to put all the grain into bags). ...read more.


What George and Lennie have is something special, a friendship a person they can turn to in times of need. In the 1930's when the Great Depression was occurring friends were looked upon as a possession and possessions created jealousy and that is why friends were so rare, but George and Lennie fight through. When George is tired and doesn't want to walk anymore Lennie helps him along. When Lennie is upset George comforts him. With the other workers no one does that for them, they're on their own. QUESTION 1; Part E: The life the workers and George and Lennie live, involves much cruelty and isolation many unknown things go on that lie deep in the "group" but ones that stick out are the situation with crooks, because he is black he is isolated from the white people. Crooks is a good example because he is different, today he would not be different but in those days he was looked upon as a "nigger" or a "negro". The other workers thought of him as dirty and he wasn't aloud in the bunkhouse and he was not aloud to sit with the others in the lunch hall. All things were his own he had his own bunkhouse, his own bed, his own table and all right next to where he works, he's isolated. ...read more.


The main problem the couple-face is the fact that Lennie can't keep his hands to himself. George does his best to protect Lennie from this problem but as we know he cant always be there. When he is not then that's when Lennie goes fiddling (Lennie's fiddling problem is not strictly his fault its just the fact that he is so stupid that he sees something he likes and has to touch it like a child in a shop). If the dream were a reality though they would not have this problem because Lennie would be far from anywhere where he could do any harm. QUESTION 2; Part G: In the end though the dream is overpowered by the sheer cruelty of the life style, the dream for George, Lennie, Candy and Crooks has been shattered by once again Lennie. The rest of the group are doomed to an eternal life of wondering from ranch to ranch looking for work. For Lennie his life is over he has been shot in the back of the head by his, (humane? Selfish?) Friend. So near and yet so far would be the best describing sentence for this whole book. ...read more.

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