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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck was interested in the suffering of ordinary people and of social outcasts. He exposes

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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck was interested in the suffering of ordinary people and of social outcasts. He exposes this suffering throughout 'Of Mice and Men'. Steinbeck uses animal reference, similes, metaphors and nicknames he gives characters. Steinbeck sets 'Of Mice and Men' in America during the 1930s, America was suffering a Great depression during this time, due to the stock market prices. The majority of America was unemployed during this time, the majority of men left home in search for work, they generally moved towards the west of the country. Steinbeck sets the scene near Salinas Valley because, The main themes of this book are; suffering during the Great Depression, discrimination and friendship. The main characters of the novella suffer a vast amount, they are unemployed and looking for work, but the book shows that there is more to life than just work and friendship is the greatest power of all. The two characters set out in search of the 'American Dream'. The American Dream was to live on their own piece of land, and live off their own crops and animals, basically live their own life, with no rules. ...read more.

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Candy suffers with ageism and disability. Candy lost his right hand in an injury on the ranch; he received two hundred and fifty dollars compensation. Candy is the swamper who cleans the bunkhouse. Carlson intimidates Candy into agreeing to allow him to shoot his old dog, his only companion. Before George and Lennie came to the ranch Candy was lonely and isolated, but he made friends with George and Lennie and becomes the third member of their dream. Curley's Wife suffers with loneliness and sexism. We never get to know her name which implies that she is only Curley's 'property' and she has no purpose or meaning, or identity. This shows that during the 1930s women were inferior to men and women were only meant for sex, cooking, cleaning and looking after their lover. She is insulted by George who calls her 'jailbait', jailbait means she is trouble and is only out to cause any trouble she can. She is flirtatious and is always hanging around the bunk-house, claiming she is looking' for Curley. ...read more.

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Lennie is an abnormally strong man and can do the work of two men, when bucking barley. Finally George, George is a small man but has brains and a quick wit. George really only stays with Lennie because he made a promise to Lennie's Aunty Clara, he does everything for Lennie, looking after his affairs, looking after his work card and tries to keep him out of trouble. He needs Lennie as a friend, not only because Lennie's strength helps to get them both jobs, but so as not to be lonely. His threats to leave Lennie are not really serious. He is genuinely proud of Lennie. George is honest to people, people he trust anyway. An example of this is when he admits to Slim he used to play tricks on Lennie and once made him jump into a river and Lennie nearly drowned. My overall review on the novella is; the book is good, reveals a lot about Americans, the way they act and think. However the true meaning I think of the book is that friendship is the strongest power of all. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicole Martin 10YNT 1 ...read more.

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