John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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Ever since its publication, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men has been an acclaimed novella, relating its story of two migrant men trying to find their place in both social and economical America during the Great Depression. These two men, along with the other individuals they meet on their journey – laboring wage workers and a disabled black man – are troubled with isolation and loneliness. The lack of interaction and brotherhood among these people cause them to lash out at possible friends and take advantage of others’ weaknesses, falling into the primal stages of human interaction. Steinbeck’s unique range of characters and their condescending tones toward one another portray human nature as manipulative, desiring to dominate yet longing for companionship. Humans, by nature, are social creatures. This is no exception for Lennie Small, a massive man with a mental disability. He has a love for small furry animals – mice, rabbits, and dogs – which is most likely fueled by his childlike mind. He carries these animals in his pocket, “[petting them] with [his] thumb as [he] walked” (Steinbeck 6). When Lennie holds the creatures in his hands or pocket, they provide him with a subtle hint of company. The mice, rabbits, and dogs that Lennie loves are more than just wild beasts; they are his friends, who accept him and his handicaps without question. Although Lennie also considers his travelling companion George Milton, his brother and worthy friend, Lennie still feels as if he…

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