Of Mice and Men Analysis

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Explore how Steinbeck initially presents the relationship between George and Lennie and how this foreshadows the events which follow in the novel. John Steinbeck shows the reader throughout the novel how important a friendship is, especially in the depressive 1930's, and how much two people can rely and support each other in order to survive the inauspicious future. If Steinbeck was to take the bond the two men share away it would create an incompetent, difficult and almost impossible journey. Throughout the novel Steinbeck portrays Lennie and George as having the greatest friendship in the world; and whilst George claims to not need Lennie, he knows that he needs Lennie just as much as Lennie needs him. ‘George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before.’ The extract begins when George begins to tell Lennie, once again, the ‘fairy tale’ story of their American Dream. We can understand that Lennie has been told the story of his future by George many times before because of the way Steinbeck uses ‘he repeated the words rhythmically’ – showing the reader that George can recite the unlikely, prosperous yet passionate description like a song, or to the naïve Lennie, a lullaby. As George recites the dream with ‘rhythm’, the reader can begin to understand that he has a posing presence about him, which influences the readers opinion by comparing George to Lennie, emphasizing Lennies stupidity. George mentions to Lennie in the novel that ‘guys who work on the ranch are the loneliest guys in the world’, although he does go on to argue that Lennie and him are not lonely as they have each other, Steinbeck uses the quote to introduce the theme of loneliness into the novel. Typical of the 1930’s Great Depression, most of the people George and Lennie meet on the ranch the next day are extremely lonely. Crooks for
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