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

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`Of mice and men` is written by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. The novella is a reference to the great depression in California and is set in the 1930’s and portrays the way in which despite the consequences of depressed circumstances, human spirit still survives. During the aftermath of the great depression, which was a very bad period, men hoped to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.
The author, John Steinbeck, illustrates how people, with the help of friendship of dreams, can prevail in the face of all difficult situations such as unemployment and isolation. The novella explores the dynamics of power and social hierarchy, while exploring the nature of life. Additionally, `Of mice and men` is a microcosm that reflects American society during the 1930’s. Steinbeck pervades the novella with a religious allegorical depth. The novella is philosophical and explores the meaning of life.
The title `Of mice and men`, comes from an eighteenth-century poem by Robert burns entitled “to a mouse”. This poem features a couplet which is widely quoted: “the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go wrong.” This quotation relates directly to George and Lennie, who do have a scheme to surpass the realm of poverty. Their action in the novel is largely motivated by a desire to achieve their dream, which we interpret from this quotation, will not be achieved.
Steinbeck introduced Curley’s wife for the first time as a “girl” and not as a woman, which implies she will not be…
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