Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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“Of Mice and Men” is a novella written by John Steinbeck in the 1930’s and he used the line from an 18th Century poem by Robert Burns as the title of the story. “Of Mice and Men” (“OMaM”) as a title foreshadows the idea portrayed by Burns in his poem “To a mouse” because in this poem the mouse’s house was destroyed in an accidental mistake which implies dreams being shattered and depression along with death following as a result. Loneliness is a key theme in this book which outlines the harsh life faced by the ranch workers and the setting that they lived in. The workers are living a nomadic life as they have to travel from place to place to acquire a suitable job in which they can earn money from. The first line of the text could…show more content…
Also Steinbeck uses descriptive language such as “golden” and “twinkling” to describe nature however he contrasts by portraying the ranch as quite desolate and lonely by words such as, “rectangular”, “unpainted”. Steinbeck’s characterisation of George and Lennie indicates how they are both very lonely but are content with each other’s company. In “OMaM” we see that Lennie is being portrayed as a person with very low intellect as he is referred to as a “dum-dum” or a “crazy bastard”. Meanwhile George seems to be a very reserved and straightforward person. George is portrayed as a person with higher authority because in the beginning of the book, they “walked single file down the path”, and this suggests a sense of hierarchy. Lennie’s isolation from society seems to be due to the fact that he is mentally retarded because his retardation sometimes makes other people to take advantage of him. Also as he is unable to communicate properly, the only person who can fully understand him is his best friend, George. Since Lennie most of the time preoccupied with the thought of having their own farm and “rabbits in the cages”, he is unable to face reality and therefore this fact makes him even more out of touch with the real world and the other workers. There is also a high probability that he remains secluded from talking to anyone due to the fact he always causes a risk of creating trouble. This fact shows how Lennie is in complete isolation from
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