Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

World Literature

Mrs. Finke

December 7, 2012

Of Mice and Men: A Classic for the Ages

Thesis: Despite some impurity Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck should be considered as a classic due to its honesty, truth, loveliness, justice and of good report.

I. Introduction

II. Impurity

A. Swearing

B. Violence

C. Economic poverty

D. Psychological corruption

III. Honesty

A. Steinbeck’s Life

1. Steinbeck’s thematic vision

2. Wrote about his experience

IV. Truth

A. Relationship between George and Lennie in their social economic environment

B. Compassion toward the victims

C. Friendship
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Their American dream had vanished with their psychological corruption issues. George, regrets shooting Lennie, and Lennie, is overcome by fear after killing Curley’s wife. Their story illustrates their lonely lives. “The alternative to the companionship that George and Lennie share is loneliness” (“Themes” 1).

Secondly, Of Mice and Men illustrates the honesty of living conditions within the American cultural society of his day. The honesty quality seen in Of Mice and Men goes back to Steinbeck himself. Three of Steinbeck’s novels were set in the Salina Valley. Steinbeck’s birthplace, and hometown, Salina Valley, California, is where this story is also set. He wrote this novel to express his personal perspective of life as he knew it in his era. As a very young man, he was a very hard worker and held a variety of jobs that led to his writing career (“John” 5).

Another example for honesty in the novel is Steinbeck’s thematic visions. Steinbeck’s novel illustrates his thematic visions. According to the journalists, “at the center of Steinbeck’s thematic vision is a dialect between contrasting ways of life: between innocence and experience, between primitivism and progress, and between self-interest and commitment to the human community” (“John” 1).

His life experiences shows honesty in the novel. His life’s experience, during the Great Depression, helped him to
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