Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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The novel ‘Of Mice and Men’, written by John Steinbeck, is set near the Salinas River in California, America during the Great Depression between 1930-1939. The Great Depression was a distressing time in the history of America as the unemployment rate was high which in turn led to poverty and hunger. During this time, many struggled to find work and this steered them to travel long distances, often without having anyone to talk to. Dreams were crafted by this travelling workforce and were something they could aspire to when they had enough money. ‘Of Mice and Men’ is a story about such dreams and the forces that work against the realisation of these dreams. It is one of the main themes in the novel as it is alluded to in five out of the six chapters. In the novel, George and Lennie have a dream to ‘live off the fatta the lan’ which remains a constant throughout the book. Their dream consists of saving enough money to purchase a small farm and live off it. George has communicated this dream to Lennie numerous times and yet Lennie wants to hear it one more time. ‘Come on George, tell me, like how you done it before’. Steinbeck makes this reaction revealing as he portrays to the readers that re-telling the story repeatedly has become a ritual between the two men; George provides the narrative, and Lennie who has difficulty remembering simple instructions, finishes off George’s sentences. They rely on this dream to help them get through the tough times. As Steinbeck

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