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Of Mice And Men - Plans that go wrong.

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Of Mice And Men - Plans that go wrong In this essay, I will be examining how and why plans go wrong in "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, and I will also be looking at the other themes in the book. These themes include friendship, loneliness and the fragility of people's dreams. The novel's title comes from a poem by Robert Burns called "To A Mouse". The chosen title fits in well with the theme of how fragile dreams are, and Burns shows how the plans of men are no more secure than those of the mouse, which is the message that Steinbeck is tries to portray throughout the book. Most of the characters in the novel have dreams or ambitions that are often kept secret to begin with. Curley's wife was desperate to finally tell someone about her dreams, and it is ironic that is was Lennie that she confided in, who appeared to have no interest in what she has to say, and was in his own dream world. This is proven when Curley's wife is midway telling Lennie about her dream, and Lennie is thinking about the puppy he has accidentally killed and says, "Maybe if I took this pup out and thrown him away, George would never know." He has his mind on other things. Most of the characters experience loneliness, and they have different ways of dealing with it. ...read more.


It all goes wrong however, when Lennie's childlike obsession for "petting" things goes out of hand, and he ends up killing Curley's wife. Curley's wife in pursuit of company leads her to Lennie. She pours out her pent up frustration of her unrealised dreams and ambitions. When she realises Lennie isn't taking much interest, she lets him feel her hair. Lennie being Lennie strokes harder and harder even though Curley's wife begs him to stop. As we already know from the book, Lennie gets confused very easily and panics. When he felt Curley's wife struggling, "Lennie was in panic" which shows us that Lennie cannot understand what he should do, and believes that putting his hand over "her mouth and nose" is the right thing to do to stop her screaming. This shows us that Lennie is not rational. As she struggled to get out of his grasp he accidentally broke her neck. Lennie then ran off to his hiding place where he was told to go if he ever did a 'bad thing.' When Curley discovers his wife's body, he runs after Lennie with a mob including George. George realises that if the mob catches Lennie, he will be lynched for the murder of a woman, and feels that it is much more painless for George to kill him himself. This also shows us the attitude of the time in that part of America. ...read more.


Curley holds no respect for his wife and regards her as a trophy. His insecure feelings towards his wife, forces her into flirting with the other ranchers. Her visits to find Curley are only there so that she can speak to somebody, but none of them seem to realise this and instead regard her as a hussy. In conclusion, I think that "Of Mice And Men" is very appropriate to life, because dreams and ambitions are fragile, and can easily be lost. Even the best plans depend on lots of factors that can go wrong. I do however think that things could have turned out differently. If Curley had only a little respect for his wife, and gave her the love and affection that she needed, she would not have had to gone to Lennie to tell him her problems, and her death could have been prevented. I do think that George did the right thing at the end of the book, and Slim understood this as he said "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda." Lennie would have only been more confused if he would have had to answer endless questions about the death of Curley's wife. We can tell how much affection George felt for Lennie, because before he died, he left Lennie with the vision of their dream, and tells him that "Ever'body gonna be nice to you. Aint gonna be no more trouble." I think on the basis of this novel, Steinbeck's views are quite pessimistic in the fact that not everybody thinks that dreams are so easily lost. ...read more.

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