Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was first published in 1937. Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men during the Great Depression which was from 1929 to 1939. The book takes place in Salinas, CA which is right in the heart of California and also Steinbeck’s birthplace. Of Mice and Men is based on mental retardation, The Great Depression, and the migrant workers. One of the characters in the book named Lennie was a big guy but had a mental retardation problem which was common during the Great Depression and Steinbeck shows you how sad it was in the book. The Great Depression was the longest and worst period because stock values dropped, food prices went up by 40%, and it was hard for people to find jobs to take care of their family. Which had Steinbeck more motivated in writing this book because he wanted to show us the life back then. The book had migrant workers working in a ranch and trying to make a living each with a different dream. Steinbeck bonds all of the problems during the Great Depression and tells us how life was back then all in a book with a really interesting plot.
The plot of Of Mice and Men is all about Lennie and George trying to make a living with their friendship and other stuff. Lennie is a large, strong man with the mind of a child, and George is a smaller man that is more intelligent who cares for Lennie. Escaping from the town of Weed are the results of Lennie touching a girl’s dress and getting blamed for raping her because of his love of touching soft things. They will have to go and find a new ranch which they do and it is near Soledad, CA. George and Lennie will work there to buy a small farm of their own, and “live offa the fatta the lan” by saving up enough money. Lennie loves to tend rabbits so he agrees with George into sharing his pay to buy that farm so he would tend those rabbits. However, this goal is only a dream until Candy, another worker on the farm, offers to share his savings for a place on the farm and George lets him. But the Stable buck, Crooks, would also like to join George and Lennie’s dream farm. Even after all the efforts they had worked for it was all for nothing because of an incident with Lennie and Curley’s wife. At the beginning George tells Lennie if he gets in big trouble he should come here at the brush and he will come for him. The last line of the book is Carlson, the ranch worker who kills Candy’s old dog, is talking to Curley saying, “Now what the hell do you suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” (Steinbeck 17).
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Showing that both characters never learned the value of kindness and friendship which are some of the themes in the book.
Of Mice and Men has a couple of themes. Some themes include friendship, dreams, loneliness, and making a living. Friendship has a lot to do with the book and it links together with loneliness. George and Lennie are really good friends and have been since childhood. Candy and his dog have been together since the dog was a pup. Loneliness is also a big theme in the book. Crooks is always lonely in the shed, he has no one just like Curley’s wife. She has only Curley except he has her locked in the house and she can’t go out to talk or anything. Candy is also lonely after his dog gets shot by Carlson. This teaches you how some people had no family or friends and how hard it was for them to live all alone. Dreams and making a living links together like how George and Lennie are working so hard for their dream farm and Lennie’s rabbits. Curley’s wife also has a dream that was shattered. Of Mice and Men has very strong themes that teaches people lessons which is exactly the kind of book I would like to read.
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Books that have strong themes, like Of Mice and Men, and a good story behind it makes me want to read it. By strong themes I mean like good themes that relate to the story in the book and themes that teaches you something. I have learned many things from Of Mice and Men such as life during Great Depression, how some people were like, and more. Steinbeck makes such a great jaw dropping book that I just had to finish before putting it down. Of Mice and Men themes were all so great and exactly what I was looking for and they all had lesson to teach you which I have explained above. So I would recommend reading this book because it has a very good story behind it and good themes that teach you something.
I would recommend this book to readers who want to know what life was like back when the Great Depression took place and readers who like books that build up suspense. Also to people who want books that they just can’t put down because Of Mice and Men is that kind of book. So if you are like me and you love interesting books with good themes then this is the book for you. When I started reading the book it started out like a movie showing the place then I got hooked on when it said 2 men came out of the woods. If you like drama or intense movies or books then this is the book for you because it’s an awesome book but reads like a movie.