John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

895 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Of Mice and Men is a realistic fiction novella written by John Steinbeck that takes place during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The protagonists of the story, George and Lennie, are two migrant workers who venture from place to place looking for labor. Throughout the story, Steinbeck uses the literary device, setting, to develop the central idea, dreams are hard to achieve when certain limitations are barricading you from reaching it. Migrant workers, in this time period, were alienated, segregated and discriminated since they were unsanitary and dirty because of the difficult past they have suffered. They received no advocates and experienced loneliness however, George and Lennie were two unnatural pairs who sought and dreamed of owning land of their own. Steinbeck repeatedly addresses the dream throughout the story in order to emphasize its importance. However, Steinbeck uses the setting of the story to refute the idea of dreams. After George realizes that Lennie has killed Curley’s wife, he tell Candy, “-I think I knowed from the very first, I think i knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.”. (Steinbeck 94) George explains to Candy that from the very start of their journey he had already acknowledged the fact that he, as a migrant worker, was unable to achieve what he had wished for ,but because of Lennie’s mental disorder and innocence and his inability to realize the situations around him…

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