Of mice and men - steinbeck

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OF MICE AND MEN
John Steinbeck
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Of Mice and men is a novel by John Steinbeck published in 1937. It’s a tragedy written in the third-person singular and in a past tense. The narrator is omniscient It deals with the American Dream of two friends, George and Lennie, who are migrant workers. Lennie has a mental disability and George looks after him. At the beginning of the book, it is said that they got fired of a ranch because Lennie was accused of a rape. They are walking on the road, on their way to another farm. It is a Friday and it’s around midday. Their friendship seems overwhelmingly strong: as George starts to complain about the fact that his life would be easier without Lennie, Lennie asks him to tell the story of their future ranch. This story brings peace to both of them and we easily understand that George needs Lennie and his childish mind to believe in it. They need each others: Lennie, because of his mental disease, needs George, and George needs Lennie to trust in something: their American Dream: owning a little piece of land. Lennie is described as a strong and tall man who loves animals but keeps grinding them while he wants to caress them. They arrive at the ranch and George tells Lennie that if he gets into trouble, he has to hide himself in the brush were they spent the night, and wait for him. The ranch is full of different people, and it rapidly seems to be a metaphor of the American society at that time. There is Slim, kind of a legend “prince of the ranch”, respected for his professional skill, he is also the law figure of the ranch as the preposition “beyond”, often repeated concerning him, can summarize this character. There is also Curly, the boss’s son, who epitomizes a certain class society: he and his father don’t wear the same clothes as the workers. There is also his wife, who has no name, she may be the symbol of all women at that time, with no rights, she didn’t achieve her American dream, becoming an

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