Essay about John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

1290 Words Sep 17th, 2015 6 Pages
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light,” said Helen Keller, an American author, political activist, and lecturer. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the two main characters George and Lennie walked together in the dark. The inseparable pair were caught in a catastrophe, that could not be avoided. John Steinbeck wrote the death of Lennie with purpose of showing an analogy to the Great Depression in which our country struggled with for years.With uses of foreshadowing and character traits the death was easily predicted. Yet was a conundrum if this was an act of devotion toward their friendship, or an act by George to protect himself. Despite the confusion, the entire story was a building block onto the analogies. This story is also the struggle to get to one’s own dreams in such a hard time. John Steinbeck shows this struggle through his characters. As well as the title of his book, which is a famous line in a poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns. One way Steinbeck wrote the story is he wrote with a sense of comparison to the Great Depression. During the Great Depression, which was an economic downfall, people turned to being alone and isolating themselves. The feeling of loneliness is expressed by many of the characters, including Candy and Curley’s wife, but isn’t expressed verbally. That is why in the story it was an enigma to the men, that George would keep Lennie around. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys…

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