'Of Mice and Men' By John Steinbeck.

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Kalpesh Bamania 10.1

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‘Of Mice and Men’

By John Steinbeck

        “‘Of Mice and Men’ is a deeply moving story of an unusual friendship. Lennie is an affectionate giant with the mind of a child. George has travelled with him for many months as they move around to find work. George grows close to Lennie despite the trouble Lennie’s innocence and strength Bring on them both. Lennie loves animals, and desperately wants to be able to look after a pet of his own, but his innocence and love of beautiful things in nature only leads to tragedy, for himself and for his friend.”

        In this essay, I am going to write about the social and historical context of ‘Of Mice and Men’, and how the dreams of certain people in the ranch went wrong and ended in tragedy. Most of the characters in ‘Of Mice and Men’ admit, at one point or another, to dreaming of a different life. Before her death, Curley’s wife confesses her desire to be a movie star. Crooks allows himself the for the fantasy of hoeing a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm one day, and Candy latches on desperately to George’s vision of owning a couple of acres.

        John Steinbeck wrote this novel because he wanted people to realise the consequences of the great American depression between 1930 and 1940. It showed how people interacted with each other and it showed the misery of the economical depression and how poor and different race people were treated. In ‘Of Mice and Men’ Steinbeck describes how punishing and challenging the life of migrant farmers could be. Just as George and Lennie dream of a better life on their own farm, these farmers dreamed of finding a better life in their world. The state where they lived promised a climate for a longer growing season and it offered more opportunities to harvest crops. Despite these promises, very few found it to be the land of opportunity and plenty of which they dreamed.

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         George and Lennie are migrant American labourers. George protects his friend from the insecure world and shares with him a dream of one day settling down and farming their own land to live a better life. The farm that George describes to Lennie, the few acres of land on which they will grow their own crops, is one of the most powerful symbol in the book. It shows the reader to believe in the possibility of the freedom it promises. The dream of owning a farm was their great American dream, which the hopeful couple expected to become a reality. ...

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