Mice and Men Essay

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Of Mice and Men essays In what ways can this novel be seen as a picture of a group of lonely people with dreams in America in the 1930’s? In this essay I will be looking at the hopes and dreams of the characters in the novel. I will also be looking at the America that Steinbeck wrote about and how that reflects on what happens in the novel. In America in the 1930’s it was the time of the great depression where there was mass unemployment and poverty throughout all of America. Steinbeck wrote the novel in 1936 in the middle of the depression. He wrote the novel because he wanted to write about the difficulties that millions like himself were facing day in day out. During the depression many American men just wondered about from job to job. In doing this they did not have any real chance to make any real friends. It was every man for himself. There was an incredible loneliness that was suffered by most of the men. This is why Lennie and Georges relationship is so special. George does not get lonely because he has to spend so much time looking out for Lennie and stopping him from getting in trouble. George sees himself as almost a father to Lennie. Lennie sees George as his farther figure. Lennie and George’s dream is to own a farm and for it to be just the two of them so that no one can get in the way of their relationship. George knows that this dream will never really happen but he likes to think about it because when he is telling Lennie about it he puts himself in the dream and it almost seems real. But when Candy overhears Lennie and George talking about their dream and says that he can supply over half of the money George can actually see his dream coming true. The reason that Candy wants to be part of this is because this is something that may be his future he may actually have. It gives him a reason to live now because his

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