Thematic Issues In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbecks novella, of Mice and Men tells the story of Lennie and George, two men with the same dream but many different obstacles standing in their way. This book covers many big thematic issues in only a short amount of pages. Among those are gender / racial inequality, dreams vs. reality, and unity vs. isolation. One of the main themes in Of Mice and Men focuses on gender inequality and racial issues, despite the main protagonist being white men. One example of this is Crooks, the black man who worked on the ranch. According to Michael Zeitler’s “Freedom in Of Mice and Men,” the author described Crooks’s character as “reduced to nothing” with no ego or personality “to arouse like or dislike” which was a result of the discrimination

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