Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Essay

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Life is an array of emotions and experiences. At times it blesses us with experiences that instill feelings of happiness and joy, in which we are able to celebrate life and all it could offer us. Other times life hits us in the face, letting us endure hardships, sadness, depression and loss. Most may argue that Of Mice and Men is either intended to celebrate the joys of life or meant to be a depressing book. Yet what most fail to see is that Of Mice and Men portrays both aspects of human life through the mutual friendship of two uncommonly men, George and Lennie, the dream they both share, and the sudden calamity that befall them.
Relationships are an important essence of life. Humans need
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George never took care of Lennie out of pity, he did it because he needs the companionship. You see, George needed Lennie more than Lennie needed George. Lennie’s innocence and childlike behaviors softened the heart of the hardened, cynical George.
Dreams have the power to give hope and comfort for people to continue living even in the harshest of conditions. A man lost in a jungle or dessert would struggle to survive rather than accept his fate due to his dream of being reunited with his loved ones. The setting Of Mice and Men took place during the Great Depression in the US, where high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation and lost opportunities for economic growth and personal advancement struck the population. Many were forced to live a hand to mouth existence, and lost hope in becoming more than what they are. Of Mice and Men emphasizes the loneliness and powerlessness of men during the Great Depression through two characters, Candy and Crooks. Candy, a one- handed ranch handyman, fear that his age is making him useless and worries about his future on the ranch. Candy is the portrayal of a broken man, hopeless and scared. Yet, after he listened to George’s and Lennie’s dream of having their own farm, he eagerly wanted to be a part of that dream “Maybe if I give you guys my money, you’ll let me hoe the garden even after I ain’t no good at it. And I’ll wash dishes and little chickens and stuff like that. But I’ll be

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