Of Mice and Men Essay

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Of Mice and Men The title of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was entitled to the novel for multiple reasons. The poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burn is a poem of realism and Of Mice and Men is a line of the poem meaning mice and men had similar struggles during The Great Depression. It reflects on the conflict person vs. fate because the characters in the story have real life problems interfering with their future. One character that is effected by real life problems is Crooks. Another character effected as well is George. The final character that depicts person vs. fate is Lennie. Crook’s has many problems occur in his life that interfere with his future. One way is wanting to have freedom and rights. Since he is an African his rights are limited. “I ain’t sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don’t like em”(80). This book took place in the 1930’s where Africans were not treated equally as Whites. Another event changing his future was when he broke his back. “Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him”(20). Crooks was working the stable and a horse kicked him and broke his back. This limits him not working to his full potential. He is not the only character having problems affect his future. Lennie also had future altering events occur in his life. One event is when Lennie murdered Curley’s wife he would be a wanted man and everyone would be hunting him down. “And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck” (89). He is going to have to run his whole life so killing Lennie was the right thing to do and if they did run; when Lennie was found he would be harshly killed. Another event impacting his life is the incident in Weed. “Well that girl rabbits in an’ tells the law she been raped. The guys in Weed start a party out to lynch Lennie” (41). She tells the authorities that she has been

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