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Of Mice and Men

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck has received four awards including a Nobel Prize in Literature (1962), Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award for Fiction (both for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, 1940),
and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964
John Ernest Steinbeck Jr was an American author of twenty seven books.

John Steinbeck was born on February 27Th, 1902 in Salinas California and died December 20Th, 1968.

Steinbeck went from job to job before becoming a writer. In 1930 he tried to make a living by manufacturing plaster mannequins but when he failed due to the slow economy he moved back to California into a cottage owned by his father.
John Steinbeck
Lennie Small
Lennie is a Large,
lax
, childlike, mentally challenged man who travels with George Milton and relies completely on him for guidance. Lennie is gentle and kind but doesn't understand his own strength which leads to trouble.
Imagery
Themes
Of Mice and Men
Dreams
At one point or another each character has a dream of a different life. George and Lennie dream of owning their own ranch, Candy laches on to Georges dream of owning a couple of acres and Crooks dreams of working in Lennie's gaden, even Curley's wife admits to wanting to be a movie star before her death a. Sadly all these dreams are
withered
away.











4/30/15 Class 7
Jonathan Dittman
Did you know when Steinbeck became upset his friend, Ed Ricketts, would sometimes play music to
assuage
him.
Friendship vs Loneliness
Powerless
George Milton
George is small, quick witted man who travels and shares the dream of owning a ranch with Lennie. George would do anything for Lennie even though George speaks of being alone and without Lennie often, it is obvious that George really cares about Lennie and enjoys his company and will do whatever he can to keep him safe.
He
castigates
because he cares.
Slim
Slim is a hard working mule driver who works at the ranch and is highly respected by all of the other ranch hands. He seem to be the only person who is happy with who they are.
And why wouldn't he be? He's the ideal western man.
It Was Ended Where It Had Started.
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Crooks
Crooks is the black stable hand. He is proud, petulant, and lonely. His loneliness stems from the
segregation
of the other ranch hands due to the color of his skin.
Plot Information
Foreshadowing
In the first chapter we learn Lennie likes to pet soft things but it often leads to their death. This foreshadows the death of his puppy and Curley's wife. Also the trouble Lennie had gotten into in Weed further foreshadows the trouble to come on the ranch.
Later on when Candy's dog is killed it foreshadows the death of Lennie. Candy's dog is shot in the back of the head, just like Lennies fate at the end of the book, and Candy's regret for not shooting the dog himself foreshadows Georges difficult discussion to kill Lennie himself.
Microcosm
A microcosm is a representation of something on a much smaller scale.
In the novel Of Mice and Men the ranch is a representation of the world and the characters represent people in the world. Everyone has a dream but not everyone reaches their goals. There are also representations of the loneliness and pain people have to endure and the choices people make in their lives.

Georges change
Throughout the novel George is constantly worried about Lennie and about their surroundings but as the story progresses we can see George becoming more friendly and happier once he has settled on the ranch. Sadly this happiness doesn't last long and George reverts to his former sullen, melancholy self at the end of the novel. when his dreams
withered
away.
Loneliness is present throughout the novel, we see the isolation of the ranch hands when they go into town to ease their loneliness with alcohol and women,similarly to how Lennie enters Crooks room to find someone to talk to, and how Curly's wife craves attention.

On the other hand we have George and Lennie's friendship. George has Lennie's back no matter what, but In the end George has to end Lennie's life and his dreams were shattered, along with Candy and Crooks who also had begun to share the dream with the two men.

In chapter two Slim expresses "'Ain't many guys travel around together,' he mused. 'I don't know why.
Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.'"
Maybe they aren't afraid of each other, but being hurt by someone they thought they could count on.
What hurts more? Being betrayed by a stranger or someone you thought you could rely on? Would it be better to be alone then take the risk of getting hurt?
Would it be better to be alone then to hurt someone you care about?
Lennie although physically strong is mental unstable and lacks the power to control his urges and this leads to him being in hopeless situations. It's not that Lennie doesn't know the difference between right and wrong, because he understands George's warnings and wants to do good but lacks the mental ability to help him control himself.

George is powerless in his ability to be there for Lennie. Although he can tell Lennie what to do and warn him about what he shouldn't do, he is unable to be there for Lennie all the time and protect him from himself, and
assuage
him.

Other characters are powerless in their lives as well. Crooks is powerless to the racism of
circa
1929 and the
segregation
that takes place , Curley can't control his wife, and economically all the ranch hands are victims to The Great Depression.


"I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time."
"If you don' want me I can g off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time."
Slim had not moved. His calm eyes followed Lennie out of the door. "Jesus," he said. "He's jes' like a kid, ain't he."
Crooks scowled, but Lennie's disarming smile defeated him. "Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "'Long as you won't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." His tone was a little more friendly.
Of Mice and Men is about George and Lennie's dreams of owning their own ranch and the difficulties they go through to try and a accomplish that dream, revealing the true nature of loneliness, the struggle for the american dream, dignity, sacrifice, and power.
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