Of Mice and Men Essay

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“Of Mice and Men” is a gripping novel written by American writer John Steinbeck. A story of two men in search of the American Dream during the Great Depression. The writer uses characters such as George and Lennie to make the reader appreciate the novel. George is a small, quick-witted man who cares for his best friend Lennie: “Oh! I aint saying he’s bright. He aint. But I say he's a god damn good worker. He can put a four hundred pound bale.” George is Lennie's carer and best friend. According to Lennie, George is the smartest person in the world. George and Lennie's relationship is evident from the word go. At the beginning of the novel George scolds Lennie for drinking too much water in case he gets sick. George is a short-tempered yet a devout friend who even though he complains on how life would be without Lennie in it he never gives up in protecting or being a good friend to Lennie. George tends to be impatient but he never stops protecting and looking after Lennie. The reader learns that George is capable of change and growth after George has had a conversation with Slim. George admits to abusing Lennie for his own selfish amusement. George discusses with Slim the extent of the abuse George Gave to Lennie: “Used to play jokes on ’im ’cause he was too dumb to even know he had a joke played on him... George’s voice was taking a tone of confession. ‘Tell you what made me stop that’... He damn near drowned before we could get him. An’ he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well I aint done anything like that no more.” From this George has learned a moral lesson that it is wrong to take advantage of the weak and defenceless. The book follows George’s difficult realisation that the world is designed to prey on the weak. At the beginning of the novel George is an optimist. Despite the hardships he and

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