John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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Lennie, Realism/Naturalism, and Struggles in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men is a perfect piece of dramatic writing in a small frame. It includes details from the writer’s personal experiences in his life ("Layers"). It is a rich story with a very strong foundation and character set. The novel includes every dramatic element and many different social situations (Isaacs.). The story is set on a ranch in Salinas’s valley in California during the 1930’s. This time was during the Great Depression Era. The story is about two workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, and their lives and relationships with others on a ranch that they stumble upon after getting off a bus at the wrong stop. These two migrant workers eventually grow a unique bond and become close friends. George was very protective over his friend.
With so much strength carried by the mind of an innocent child, Lennie is at a disadvantage (Kauffmann). Although he may look normal on first sight, the character Lennie actually suffers from a mental disorder, but he is not aware of this. Lennie has a tendency to want to pet and love on animals and people, but he does not know his own strength. This usually causes him actually to kill the poor animals.
Because of the lack of mental stability, Lennie is very reliant on his newfound best friend/companion to protect and look after him. George may get frustrated with Lennie, but his love and devotion will not allow him to leave his friend to fend for his own…

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