An Analysis Of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men Essay The Book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck takes place in the great depression. Steinbeck’s main characters are George and Lennie. George is the “leader” of the friendship because of Lennie’s mental disability. George and Lennie are Migrant farmers and they began working on a ranch near Soledad California in the beginning of the book. George and Lennie plan on getting their own farm together one day. Sadly that dream couldn’t be achieved since George killed Lennie at the end of the book. Steinbeck develops a friendship about love and loyalty throughout the book. Throughout the book Steinbeck shows clearly the love the characters have for each other. One example of love is in the beginning of the book when George and Lennie…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, George had said to Lennie, “ ‘i’ll give him the work tickets, but you jus’ stand there and don’t say nothin’”. George only said this because it benefits both of them. He knows that Lennie won’t be able to say his points clearly and it can mess up their chance of getting a job. George tries to protect him because he is Lennie’s friend. Another example is on Page 49, Candy was having a hard time letting go of him dog because he was convinced by the other ranch workers to kill his dog. Candy has had his dog since he was a pup (pg 24). When Candy was talking to George and he said, “I ought to have shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” (pg 61). This shows that Candy felt he had betrayed his dog. Candy had let his dog go to a better place, but he felt it would be better if he did it, this foreshadowed Lennie’s death. Another examples of loyalty is one page 92. Lennie was in the barn with his dead puppy when Curley’s wife came in, Lennie had repeatedly told her that he isn’t supposed to talk to her. In the end Lennie tells Curley’s wife about how he likes soft things, Curley’s wife lets Lennie touch her hair. Lennie pulls too hard and Curley’s wife panicks and Lennie ends up snapping her neck. Lennie had said to himself, “An’...he’ hide in the brush till he come”. Lennie obeys what George says and goes to the brush to
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