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The world of the ranch is tough and lonely; there is no place for women and no place for friendship. Discuss Steinbeck's depiction of ranch life in "Of Mice and Men"as experienced by George and Lennie.

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Of Mice and Men The world of the ranch is tough and lonely; there is no place for women and no place for friendship. Discuss Steinbeck's depiction of ranch life in "Of Mice and Men" as experienced by George and Lennie. In the novel "Of Mice and Men" George is an itinerant farm worker who dreams of a better life. He is quick-witted, intelligent, and slightly aggressive and takes responsibility for Lennie, his companion. Lennie is depicted as physically strong with a child like brain. Lennie is so na�ve, and seems so innocent, and unable to distinguish between good and bad. His love for petting stems from a deep-rooted emotional need to be loved which he does not understand. George has taken on responsibility for Lennie partly out of pity and partly out of affection and their companionship to one with great commitment, right until the end. In the end when George takes matters in to his own hands and shoots Lennie, which was almost like a mercy killing in order to spare him the suffering which would have been a lynching party led by Curley. Steinbeck creates great commitment in the story. Lennie depends on George. George looks out for Lennie. George never wavers, disappears, or forgets on his commitment to Lennnie. ...read more.

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Candy says "I shouda' done it myself" adds to the tension making George kill Lennie, and not letting someone else do the job like Slim. Candy hesitates a lot when he is thinking about killing his dog. Steinbeck uses this hesitation to show the loneliness he has because he has nobody else to be with apart from his dog. Steinbeck led a similar life to the one he depicts in every minute detail. He seems to have had a first hand experience of this harsh hostile and lonely inharmonious life. "Steinbeck is superbly the creator of atmosphere and always dwells on nature and the natural background as the medium of the character in his novel. Nature is the stage and the scenery for the life drama which is being presented. His writing is full of similes, metaphors onomatopoeia and personification." Steinbeck uses similes like "strong as a bull" and "dumb as hell" to describe his characters epically Lennie. During the novel many lonely people on the ranch have dreams that are reflected of nature. Nature plays a very important part in the book. The characters are always moving with natural scenery behind them. The nature seems to have a parallel to the actual plot of the story. For example when George kills Lennie, Steinbeck show an "eagle eating a water snake" to show the killing of Lennie. ...read more.

Conclusion

Curley's wife appalling viciousness, and by humiliating first Crooks then Candy, then Lennie, she is setting the scene for the final destruction of Lennie. Her inviting attitude towards Lennie, towards with the suggestion of more to follow creates a sense of danger. Women are not the only people who struggle to have a stable friendship. The ranch workers also struggle for that. Steinbeck uses the fight between Lennie and Curley to show that. Curley's aggressive personality shows that no ranch worker can trust another. Most ranch workers are desperate to get the "stake" and live on their dream farm. Slim's moral friendliness and tolerance of others makes him a responsible personality when they turn in time of stress. He settled the fight between Curley and Lennie to George and Lennie's advantage and took Curley to a doctor. Steinbeck portrays him an almost ideal character in the middle of all the rough ranch workers. At the end of the story when George kills Lennie, Steinbeck shows how lonely George is by making him hang out with Curley because he doesn't have Lennie no more. Overall I think Steinbeck shows toughness and loneliness through his style of writing and certain major events. Most of the time the themes in the novel link together, which makes them hard to distinguish between. A good example of this is when this is the life of Crooks. Steinbeck writes a simple understandable story with a complex meaning. Mohamed Hosny S4W English ...read more.

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