Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men ' Essay

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During the Great Depression, the unemployment rates were at 25%! In John Steinbeck’s classic novella of Mice and Men, Lennie and George travel across the country as migrant workers to search for a job during the 1930s. The two friends have a strong ambition to own a farm or achieve the American dream, but the story ends with their wishes taken away from their grasp from a terrible tragedy. The companions have many flaws; this is the real reason of why their dreams become a nightmare. What clues does Steinbeck write about for the main events in the novel? In this classic, John Steinbeck uses foreshadowing, a technique used to foretell an event that will occur in the future. Four clear examples of this method are shown when plans go askew, the death of Curley’s wife, the death of the dream, and the death of the main character, Lennie.
One of the examples is when plans go askew, and this is hinted in the poem called“To a Mouse, written by Robert Burns in 1785 (Doc A). The title of Mice and Men is an allusion to this poem, which is a letter full of apologies written to a mouse who worked so hard to make a home for the winter, but its home gets destroyed before the harsh winter starts.“ That small bit heap of leaves and stubble/ Has cost you many a weary nibble!/Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,/ Without house or holding...” (Doc A). From this poem, readers can conclude that Steinbeck’s use of this allusion shows that the main character’s fantasy…

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