Of Mice And Men : Exploring The Ways Steinbeck Presents The Ranch

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Of Mice and Men essay: Exploring the ways Steinbeck presents the ranch Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men in early 1930s and it was published in 1937. During 1930s, America was still suffering from the lack of steady jobs, which made peoples have to travel from town to town to able to seek short term employment. Of Mice and Men based on Steinbeck’s own experience, it is a short book which all the events are happened over the weekend. The title of the novel is taken from Robert Burns’ poem written in November 1785 which has a line: ‘The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley’. Aft gang agley means ‘often go wrong’. Men in Of Mice and Men normally travelled alone and it is difficult for them to settle down or make a long term friendship. But in Steinbeck’ novel, the main two characters, George and Lennie are travelling together. They are not related but Lennie’ aunt has brought up George and he has promised her that he will look after Lennie. Gorge and Lennie share a dream. We are introduced to them both at the beginning of the book. As the two talk, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mental disability but is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection. There are many important themes in this novel including the importance of loyalty and friendship. The friendship that George and Lennie share forms the central part of the novel. The two men are different from all of the other characters in the story and Lennie sums this up when he states ‘I got you
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