Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Alaura Lopez Period 4 December 18, 2014 Mrs. George Of Mice and Men Final Paper John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men presents the story of two men trying and struggling to find the “American Dream”. In southern Salinas, California during the 1930’s the main characters Lennie, a giant man with a childlike aura and George, the opposite of Lennie, a small man with strong features are displaced migrant ranch workers, that travel from town to town together in hunt of new work opportunities in the middle of the hardest time in history, The Great Depression. Throughout the novel, George dreams of becoming his own boss, to own his own piece of land, and most importantly to be a "somebody" in life. Lennie, George’s companion and also…show more content…
The ranch hands in the novel fantasize of a life full of happiness but sadly none of them ever get to achieve it. As Crooks’ says after he hears of Lennie and George talk about their dream to own their own farm, "Nobody ever gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land." At the time, though the fantasy may never be reached, Of Mice and Men reconmands that in order for life to be significant, it must have dreams. But sadly, Lennie and George never get to accomplish their dream, but the fantasy carries their unique relationship together. George and Lennie’s remarkable relationship reminds me of the story of Cain and Abel. How their brotherhood led to their ultimate doom and how their dreams would be their undoing. Their dream preserves Lennie’s joyfulness and prohibbits George from becoming "mean" and lonesome like the rest of the ranch hands. Their dream gives their existence meaning, even if life never allows them to achieve it. Lennie dreams of tending to multi-colored rabbits on the farm that George and he hope to one day own. This dream lays foundation of Lennie 's whole innocence and naivetés throughout the novel. But, Lennie adores the rabbits because of their soft fur, and for his affection towards touching soft objects it
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