John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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Yoon Yupar
Ms. Tanaka
Honors English
25 September 2015 An Unconquerable Obstacle
“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don 't always like” (Handler). This quote paints a picture of how one may strive to achieve something, but how fate is often not what you planned and may or may not be ideal. The book Of Mice and Men takes place during the Great Depression, when many people were flooding into America to achieve the “American Dream”. A large majority of those people were migrant farm workers, who traveled from ranch to ranch in search of work; they were trying to reach their dream of owning land, raising a family, and having a steady income. More often than not, they never reach those dreams and spend their life in poverty. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck alludes to how, in spite of careful planning and steady persistence, fate always gets in the way of achieving one’s dreams, resulting in hopelessness.
Most everyone will try to take control of their lives by planning in order to attain success, but chance still plays a role in one’s fate because no plan is perfect. After Lennie and George settle into the bunkhouse, Lennie and George talk while George plays a game of solitaire. “He got up from his bunk and sat down at the table, across from George. Almost automatically George shuffled the cards and laid out his solitaire hand. He used a deliberate, thoughtful, slowness”

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