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The Role Of Tragedy In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck is a novella in 1937 during the Great Depression. The mixed points in this fiction about fraternity, feminism, racism, and the imbalance of social power structures among American society make it difficult to sort it into a particular genre. However, Steinbeck designed his novel, Of Mice and Men, as a tragic fiction. The tragedy were shown in the protagonist's background, the impossibility of the American dreams, and the George’s decision to shoot Lennie, his best friend. The tragic background of George and Lennie was stated in the first chapter. George and Lennie, protagonists, were taking while traveling to find a new work. George said to Lennie, “Guy like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guy in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place … They ain’t got nothing to look ahead to. (17)” George bemoaned about workers’ life that it is very hard. They had to encounter with loneliness and always moved to find a new working place. The Great Depression was one of factors that led them worked with low wage, and had no chance to have their own land. They were unstable…show more content…
According to a conversation between George and Lennie in the last scene, George retold the story of life on their farm and their beautiful dream. “We gonna get a little place. (105)”. He said while his hand and gun laid on the ground behind Lennie’s back. “Go on” “Go on, George. When we gonna do it?” “Le’s go it now. Le’s get that place now. (106)” Lennie repeated his asseveration many times. He said like he knew that George was going to shoot him soon. George mercifully killed his best friend to die with their ideal dream and without extreme pain. This is the best way that George could do for his best friend last time. It is an obvious sign of the tragic life that George and Lennie stood to hold it since the beginning of the
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