“Of Mice And Men” By John Steinbeck Question: Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a depressing book, do you agree? The novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck was written during the time of the American depression. This was in the 1930s, when America had a very difficult economy, and many men had no jobs. Many men were forced to travel in order to find work, on ranches. George and Lennie were two migrant workers who were travelling together and looking after one another.
Learn about George from Of Mice and Men, Lennie from Of Mice and Men, and other Of Mice and Men characters. • George is a small, quick-witted, migrant worker who travels with his friend Lennie. He speaks of how much better his life would be without Lennie, but only does so in anger. George represents the working man and his struggle to rise above his harsh circumstances. George needs to blame somebody for his mediocre life; the truth of his mediocrity, however, lies in his enjoyment of alcohol and prostitutes, vices that prevent him from ever raising enough money to finance his dream of owning his own farm.
‘Of Mice and Men’ has many different relationships mentioned, and many different types. There is the marriage of Curly and his wife, as well as the relationship between the men on the ranch. The time the novel is set in has an impact on the relationship as well since Friendship is a strong issue in the novel, and a lack of it. Even Slim finds it "funny how you an' 'im string along together" talking about George and Lennie. The boss thinks George must be "takin' his pay" (Lennie's) because he "never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy".
The basis of Steinbeck’s novel is the value of friendship and the importance dreams. Furthermore, the skillful piecing together of the duo that is its main characters is incredible and unforgettable. George and Lennie’s friendship is an immensely complex one, rooted together by love and hope. “Of Mice and Men” was written in 1937, during the Great Depression. George Milton and Lennie Small, are travelers looking for work to save up for the much aspired farm.
Compare and contrast the ways in which Miller in Death of a Salesman, Page 104 from ‘And I never got anywhere’ until the end, and Tony Harrison in Bookends, explore what is meant by alienation and ‘success’. In this essay I am going to explore the ways in which the two different writers use theme, character and language to comment on contextual issues. Also I am going to apply analytical skills in comparing authors’ uses of language and form in different genres. Death of a Salesman is a tragedy about people’s family dreams and values in contrast to their own real lives. This play was published in 1949 by a famous and well known author named Arthur Miller.
Explore Different Parts of ‘Of Mice and Men’ To Show the Development of the Theme Isolation In ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, one key theme presented throughout the novel, is isolation. The novella is set during the Great Depression at a time of massive unemployment. The only work many men could find was on the ranches in California. The life of these migrant workers was very insecure and lonely as George says,’ Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world.’ However, ironically the loneliest characters in the novella are lonely for other reasons. These characters are isolated due to the gender, age or colour, are isolated from society or others on the ranch.
James J. Braddock was one of those hundred men trying to get the job. He is denied numerous times but eventually gets a job there. The movie shows how important jobs were back then to have, when James’s work buddy states that he needs this job and that James’s broken hand will get them behind on their work and get them both fired. He threatens to tell the boss about his broken hand. The movie Cinderella Man shows many examples of how the Great Depression affected unemployment.
What do we learn about the hopes and dreams of the characters in the novella “Of Mice and Men”? Steinbeck was foremost a commentator on American society. Throughout the entire novella we are shown that the hopes and dreams of all migrant workers in the 1930’s, were unattainable. The scene is set in the 1930’s, just after the Wall Street crash, during the great depression. This shows us that no matter how hard they hoped and worked for their dream, it would eventually collapse, just like Wall Street.
Jordan Houri 2/15/2012 Of Mice and Men Essay Mr. Wenger Symbols for the Impossibility of Dreams in Of Mice and Men In his 1937 novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows via numerous examples of symbolism that one can dream with as much ambition as possible, but, due to the restrictive nature of fate, these desires do not blossom. George always tells Lennie about their dream house. “O.K. Someday—we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and—” (Steinbeck 14). The dream house is a particularly important aspect of the story because it is a symbol of how close someone can get to his goal after working extremely hard, just to have it all fall apart because fate would not allow it.
Running Head: STEINBECK’S INSIGHT INTO WORKING-CLASS AMERICA Steinbeck’s Insight Into Working-Class America Abstract In this research paper, I investigate how the works of John Steinbeck – in particular, Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath – reflect the difficulty of the lives of working-class individuals in America during the early 20th century. Steinbeck’s Insight Into Working-Class America John Steinbeck is considered one of America’s most prominent writers; although he wrote during the early years of the 20th century, his work is still considered extremely valuable. Born and raised in California, Steinbeck witnessed the often-difficult migratory lives of those who have left everything behind in search for work opportunities. Also, he has seen through his observations the “darker side of human nature” which was reflected clearly in his writing (John Steinbeck. (2009, February 3).