Of Mice And Men Essay

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It is the purpose of this essay to describe a memorable setting in the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and explain how it helped me understand an idea in the text. The memorable setting in this text is the ranch in California during the 1930s where the main protagonists, George Milton and Lennie Small, worked during this novel. The idea that it helped me to understand is loneliness, the dominant theme in this novel. The following essay will discuss this setting in detail and explain how it helped me to understand the idea of loneliness. A memorable setting in the novel “Of Mice and Men” was the ranch where George and Lennie worked. The ranch in California, America, was isolated from the nearest town of Soledad, which ironically means “loneliness”. This isolation of the ranch was exemplified when, in the first section of the text, George became exasperated at the bus driver who dropped them off in Soledad, saying that the ranch was “Jes’ a little stretch down the highway” when it turned out to be a lot longer. The solitude of the ranch is confirmed when it was the only location in the novel. The characters were described as having gone “into town” but the plot is never set there. The time period in which this novel was set is also important. Although it was not directly mentioned, the Great Depression of the 1930s was full of hardships, financially and socially. Many men, including George and Lennie, and most of the characters in the novel, had to travel around as itinerant workers, trying to get enough “jack” to build the foundations for the American dream. Because they did not stay at each ranch for a long period of time, they could not bond with any other men because they would just have to leave again. Therefore, people became lonely and emotionally isolated from others. The setting in “Of Mice and Men” of the Californian ranch

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