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

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`Of Mice and Men` is a novella written by John Steinbeck that is set during the era of the Great Depression in 1930’s America. The novella portrays the way in which - despite the consequences of depressed circumstances - human spirit still survives. During the aftermath of the Great Depression, which was a poverty-stricken era, men hoped to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.
Steinbeck illustrates how people, with the help of friends and dreams, can prevail in the face of all difficult situations such as unemployment and isolation. The novella explores the dynamics of power and social hierarchy, while exploring the nature of life. Additionally, Steinbeck pervades the novella with a religious allegorical depth.
The title `Of Mice and Men` is derived from an eighteenth-century poem by Robert Burns entitled “To a Mouse”. This poem features a couplet that is widely quoted: “the best laid schemes of mice and men, oft go wrong.” This quotation may relate to George and Lennie, who do have a scheme to surpass the realm of poverty. Their action in the novel is largely motivated by a desire to achieve their dream, the result of which is foreshadowed as likely to “go wrong.”
Steinbeck introduced Curley’s wife for the first time as a “girl” and not as a woman, which implies she will not be respected and will be dependent on others for her to accomplish her dream. Also, she is introduced to George and Lennie by Candy. The fact that Curley’s wife is first introduced by rumours…

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