Of Mice and Men Essay

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Of Mice and Men Lennie Small and George Milton are two of the main characters in ‘Of Mice and Men’. They are also two of the many unfortunate population in America struck by the depression in 1929, on the road looking for work. Steinbeck opens the story with Lennie and George nearby a river. The river has great significance to the story. Steinbeck describes it as a beautiful safe place where there is a sense of peace, calm and nature. Surrounded by wild animals, mostly hunted which links to Lennie being described as animal-like, walks like a bear, drinks like a horse. The river is described as a place where tramps go. Steinbeck describes Lennie and George as tramp like both dressed in denim trousers and denim coats with brass buttons, both wore black shapeless hats both carrying tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders. Lennie is portrayed as retarded and George is like a father figure to him since his Aunt Clara died and he adopted him, he looks out for him. Lennie and George are complete opposites. Lennie is told if he were to get into any kind of trouble he should come here to the river where George would be able to find him. Steinbeck describes George as quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him defined, small, strong hands, slender arms, and a thin and bony nose. Lennie the opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders, he walked heavily dragging his feet, the way a bear drags his paws. Steinbeck uses words such as “huge” and “shapeless” which are the opposites of “small” and “defined”. Steinbeck wants to show us how different they both are but the joining of each of their skills and abilities would create a good team together. They survive on the notion of their ‘American Dream’ to make a better life for themselves. (Page 21)That someday they would have a little

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