Of Mice And Men Analysis

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Of Mice and Men, written by award-winning author John Steinbeck, narrates the story of two good friends, George Milton and Lennie Small, who are migrant ranch workers that travel everywhere together to find new job opportunities, as well as a chance to achieve their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land, where they can finally work for themselves. To fulfil their dream, they are given an opportunity to make some well-deserved money by working on a ranch in Soledad, California along with the other ranch hands, who are also trying to make a living for themselves. Life is especially hard for them because their story takes place during America's Great Depression, in which many people lost their savings, jobs, and their dreams,…show more content…
George and Lennie were seen as fortunate to get new work as many people couldn’t, because of their appearance or their gender. In the quote “Guy like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world.” It is shown that people would rather suffer loneliness than to have no work at all, this shows the significance of work during the Great Depression. George continues, speaking to Lennie: “They got no family … With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go.” This shows that they are different, because they have each other, and they always will. In conclusion, work was extremely important in Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s struggle for work to show how people strive to get what they want. George and Lennie strive to fulfil their dream of working for themselves, and tending the rabbits, by working extremely hard to earn enough money. Work was the only way they could achieve their dream, but in the end, the dream is never achieved because of Lennie’s death. This shows that in reality, people often have to face disappointment, whether that is in dreams or work. Society makes us believe that anything is possible, especially in the “land of the free”, “the land of freedom”, “the land of opportunity”, in the land of America. But sadly, these are nothing but a figure of
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