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Write about the Importance of Different Places in 'Of Mice and Men'

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Introduction

Write about the Importance of Different Places in 'Of Mice and Men' Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' contains many different places, some real some imaginary. These places are important as without them there would be nothing to the novella but dialogue. There are the real places, where the characters live and work, such as the ranch and Soledad. These places are described well by Steinbeck, using descriptive language, possibly because the novella is semi-autobiographical, with Steinbeck basing the characters and places on his own experiences. The ranch is where the majority of the story takes place, consisting of the bunkhouse, Crooks' room, the barn and the Boss' room, these are the places where all of the characters live and work. Crooks' room is particularly important to the novella. It is highly ironic that Crooks has his own room when he is the only worker who does not crave privacy, it is Crooks who wants to interact and socialise with others. ...read more.

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With a woman, a black crippled man, an old man and a stupid man it is a microcosm of life. Others repress those four characters. When they are all together they have a chance to say what they want as no one will stop them or speak over them. Imaginary places feature greatly in this novella with almost all of the characters having some kind of dream. George, Lennie, and later, Candy dream of having their own ranch where they are free to do what they want. The ranch will never happen; it will always be just a dream. However, it was almost a reality at one point when they were preparing to send of a deposit to secure the place. Another place that blends dream and reality are Curley's wife's Hollywood aspirations. Hollywood is a real place, yet for Curley's wife it is something that she will never become. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whenever Lennie feels that George is annoyed with him he tries to make George feel guilty. In this place, we see that Lennie is not as stupid as he is put across to be, he does actually know what is going on around him and can manipulate people. Lennie needs security and safety, which is why the travelling life does not bother him much. The repetitive ranch life is good for Lennie as it does not require him to think and he is good at it. He can only think of places by referencing other characters, he cannot imagine life without George. "George won't do nothing like that." Considering the novella consists of mainly dialogue, place is rather important. Without the different settings then the characters would have nowhere to interact, and without the imaginary places then the characters would have nothing to live for. Some places are never seen in the novella yet the places have played a role in shaping the characters and so are still important in "Of Mice and Men". ...read more.

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