Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice And Men vividly depicts the life of migrant workers living in rustic America. It narrates a tragic story of two peripatetic men, George Milton and Lennie Small, who don’t belong anywhere but with each other. As migrant workers that are haunted by their dreams, Steinbeck uses the docile commitment that Lennie and George have towards each other to depict the hardships that were faced during the great depression of the 1930’s. George has accepted to take on the burdening responsibility of protecting Lennie because of his mental illness. But because of this, he has created a cordon that won’t allow him to reach his common dream of overcoming destitution. Lennie is faced with the hardest obstacle of all, his aspiration and love for rabbits, which creates a fatuous tranquility for him. A recurring premise that haunts the characters in the book is poverty and the veil that is created to cover their lives up by dreaming up a comforting future. Through the piece Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck displays that reason is the principle element to advancement in reality and if not fully understood the veil that is created by a dream could become greater than ones self. As migrant workers, George takes on the role of a friend to Lennie, through this companionship Lennie creates many problems and George solves many problems. The family that George and Lennie form represents the counter balance of dreams and rationalization. Throughout the piece Steinbeck surround the characters with the impression that migrant workers just “just come in and get their bunk and work a month, and then they quit and go out alone.” (39). Through this Steinbeck shows the loneliness that the migrant worker create as to hide their destit... ... middle of paper ... ...e crushed are those with no dream such as Curley, because if they have no dream no one can tell them that they can't reach it. At the end of the piece, George realizes that he can no longer take care of his dream because it has become to great of a burden for him to bear. So he decides to kill Lennie before the other men do. This is a turning point in a migrant workers life in which one must reason over what is a dream and what is the reality. In most cases it does not deal with killing someone off but in this case Lennie was the burden. Through this, Steinbeck shows a freeing of Lennie from himself. Because Lennie has become afraid of his own dream and can not control himself any longer. Through this, George realized that to move forward, one must give up what is most loved. Works Cited Steinbeck, John. Of Mice And Men. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1978.

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