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Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck where efforts were often overlooked. It details the struggle of George and Lennie who dream of owning a ranch but constantly find it difficult to attain when George continuously has to find the two of them new jobs due to Lennie’s mentality and behavior. After arriving at their new job at a ranch after having escaped their previous job, they face people who potentially ruin their chances of obtaining the ranch. Although these people proved to be difficult, it was Lennie who led his and George’s dream to its death as well as his when he accidentally kills Curley’s wife, inspiring rage within Curley and helping George realize Lennie’s behavior can no longer be tolerated. Curley’s wife’s death was what made it difficult and impossible to attain her dream of being somebody which she wanted to satisfy the lack of attention, freedom, and recognition of her worth she received when she was still alive. Curley’s wife wanted attention because it showed people were aware of her existence. For example, “Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red . . . She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” (31). This illustrates how attentive Curley’s wife was of her appearance which reveals everything she wore was
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