How Steinbeck creates sympathy in Of Mice and Men

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Steinbeck creates sympathy in Of Mice and Men. Discuss in relation to one character

Of Mice and Men is a novella set on a ranch in the Northern western state of California written by Californian novelist John Steinbeck and then published in the late 1930’s. Set in the time of The Great Depression and The nationwide effective Wall Street Crash the book features characters all around who have depressing lives but focusing in on two paradoxical characters that are always juxtaposed to one another. Steinbeck has placed us with two characters that we are able to connect with, being able to sympathise with their dilemmas and problems as the two being long-time companions with a strong relationship but also being a priority to George as he
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Steinbeck has Milton in the spotlight of a single parent trying to look after himself and Lennie which often leaves him releasing his stress onto Small in forms of anger and lashing out as you can see this early on in book when milton tells him how “Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy”. Remembrance being one of the many problems Lennie struggles with it is not fair that he should be told how much he is holding someone back all the time as it is not his intentional fault, but as we delve deeper into the tale of the two ranch workers we soon learn that the barley bucker was no stranger to the use of selective hearing. This is proven various times in the novella but the one incident that keeps striking my mind as it brought a sense of deliberate delinquency for the rules was when he came back to their cabin with the puppy that slim had let him keep. After being told not to move it from the barn countless times by Milton these orders did not take place; Knowingly disobeying Milton’s orders small had went straight to his bed laid down faced towards the wall with the pup under his garments so that George could not see and even when George did confront him and tell him to take the dog back he lied about it at first until George had taken it off him by force.
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