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Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck set in California near Soledad in the 1930's on two men called George and Lennie who travel together from ranch to ranch trying to make their life like the " American Dream"

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John Steinbeck - "Of Mice and Men" Coursework 'Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck set in California near Soledad in the 1930's on two men called George and Lennie who travel together from ranch to ranch trying to make their life like the " American Dream" what Lennie shares with George. During this time there was a depression in America, which meant unemployment and Racism was high so men had to go to different ranches. Racism and bad employment at this time in the United States was called "The Great Depression." After The Great Depression, World War 2 had started and John Steinbeck decided to write the book "Of Mice and Men" what was influenced also by a poet called Robert Burns who was Scottish and also had released a book in the past. Later "Of Mice And Men" was published in 1937. The American Dream in the U.S.A is thought to be for any American to go through hard work and courage to achieve the goal of their life leading them to success. Lennie and Georges Dream was to own a farm house with lots of chickens and rabbits. "The American Depression" what had been the harshest depression ever what was from 1929 leading to 1939. This Depression started in North America what went on to Europe and other areas of the world. Although it was started in the united states because of the fast economic growth, it lead the whole world to a disaster. ...read more.

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He is not allowed in the bunk-house to play cards as the other ranchers say he stinks, but he tells Lennie "You all stink to me" Candy is an old man with one arm who works as a swamper. Candy had an old dog but agreed to kill it as the entire ranch workers were complaining that it smelt "we can't sleep with him stinkin around in here". Candy is very attached to his dog which he had since it was a pup, and was the only thing he could really talk to. When he hears about George and Lennie's dream of getting their own place, he asks them to take him with them and offers them his savings to help. He offers his money to them as he doesn't have any other family to share his savings with. Candy becomes very happy, as he thinks he will not be lonely again, but these dreams are broken in the end. Curley the bosses' son who was a welt weight boxer. He is short and wanted to prove that he wasn't a laboring man. He acts as he is superior to anyone else in the ranch. He goes around like he is the boss but no one dares to go up to him as he is a strong boxer. Curley is quite a violent man and in the story he ends up getting in to a fight because he thought that Lennie was laughing at him "No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me". ...read more.

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But then George tells Lennie to look across the river and Shoots him with the gun to the back of his head. Slim guesses what had happened and reassures George that it had to be done in the end for the best. This was very important for George to do as he can live a life where he doesn't have to look out for some-one else rather than him self. But also George will become really lonely without Lennie besides him and also their Dream of being together in a big farm had been destroyed. But now George can settle down and think about how he is going to go on with the rest of his life and what job to do without him keeping to move. The thing that has died with Lennie is everything that George and Lennie had. George had done everything for Lennie and could take no more. He had protected him so much an always encouraged him to the max. George killed Lennie as a good friend to save him from harsh misery. The theme of loneliness in this book is important If the characters in the book weren't lonely then they wouldn't have done the things that they did and so there wouldn't have been the same. Curley's wife and Lennie die because of loneliness which causes George to be even more lonely. If Curley's wife hadn't been lonely she wouldn't have started the conversation with Lennie which caused her death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Maninder Sidhu / 10ypgl ...read more.

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