Explore the Way the Writer Presents the Relationship Between George and Lennie in "of Mice and Men"

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Explore the way the writer presents the relationship between George and Lennie in “Of Mice and Men”
Of Mice and Men was written in the 1937 by John Steinbeck, he other well know books as the Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, h also received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
This book is set in the 1930s and set in California, his home region. During this time, the USA was suffering from a great depression, this meant that it was hard to find job because the economy was very weak, so to find job the men were disposed to go anywhere and the bosses would exploit their workers.
The itinerant ranch workers where very lonely people because they had to move from place to place and tis meant that they could set up a stable life with a wife
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The rabbits hurried noiselessly for cover.”(Page 4 sound- cover) From this we can learn that they will never achieve their dream of harmony in nature, this is also a foreshadowing device
The readers gain a sense of the reason why the relationship of George and Lennie is important in the novel, this reason is the way that it conveys the key themes. One of the major contrasts found in this novel is between loneliness and companionship. George describes how ranch worker are “the loneliest guys in the world”(page 15 the-world/). This is because they have such a nomadic lifestyle to find jobs during the different seasons of the year and because of this they are never able to settle down in one place “They got no fambly. They don’t belong no place”(page 15, they- place). George continues saying and reassuring Lennie many times in the novel that this is not their situation and they have got each other and we can see this when he says ‘with us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that give a damn about us”(page 15, with us-about us) and Lennie also add “But not us!An’ why? Because …. Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that why”(page 15 and 16, but-that why) This back up Geroge saying that they are like no other ranch man.
Through the play we can see that Geroge becomes angry at his friend, Lennie, because he is forgetful and get in to trouble very easily because of his mental disability. In