Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men, it is not just a band! Of Mice and Men was originally a short novel written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s. Regardless of the shortness in length, though, it is a rather deep and emotional book with quite a few messages behind the fictional storyline. These messages, however, cannot be discovered right off the bat. To genuinely absorb the messages Steinbeck teaches and actually understand the meaning behind them, one must read the book in its entirety. Steinbeck educates readers about these ideas through various ideas and literary devices, which includes the development of the characters, symbolism within them, and a bit of imagery to completely formulate the plot. The characters are, naturally, the biggest part of the…show more content…
. . Lennie’s so scared all he can think to do is hold on” (Steinbeck 41). Lennie did not know what he was doing wrong, and strangers like the girl who was wearing the red dress do not know him or his ‘disability’. George had explained that the girl was scared because she thought Lennie was trying to attack her, and after George finally made Lennie let go of the dress, they were driven to run and hide so neither of them would get caught and sent to jail. Children tend to be very tactile at a young age, they love to reach out and grab a hold of items that peak their interest, considering they truly do not know any better. George even says that as well, “He’s jes’ like a kid. There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid neither, except he’s so strong” (Steinbeck 43). Lennie does not realize that he is so strong either, so as he goes about his life he ends up scaring people, or hurting them, and hurting animals as well, without realizing why. He does eventually learn that what he does is wrong, but he still does not know what happens, really. For example, just like Steinbeck explains at the beginning of the book how he accidentally kills mice because he wants to pet them and does not recognize his strength. He accidentally did it to a puppy as well, “Why do you got to get killed? You ain’t so little as mice . . . I di’n’t know you’d get killed so easy . . . I was jus’ playin’ with him” (Steinbeck 85-7). Because Lennie cannot be left alone, and George has

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