Essay about Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck. It is set in California during the great depression. The story follows two ranch hands who travel together and are very poor. Throughout the novel we witness many different philosophical references. Many different types of characters from this novel are reused in today’s society. Steinbeck also writes eloquently about the many different emotions, aspirations, and dreams of man. This novel’s title originates from Robert Burn’s poem “To a Mouse” written in 1785. Steinbeck’s book shows comparisons to this poem. One way it shows this is through the powerless and doomed fate of the mouse that has no control over what could happen to it based on its condition (“Reith”). Steinbeck had …show more content…
Steinbeck had rearranged the situation and innocence to fit the story to create a different thought and impact on readers (Leaf). Steinbeck was originally against the idea of turning his book into any other form of entertainment. He thought that the meanings and significant parts would be lost in translation. He eventually gave in and allowed a play to be made which turned into quite a success. He also later gave in to Hollywood and produced a movie ("Stage”). Several differences exist when comparing the book to the play. The play showed Curley’s wife to be a much more interesting character with which the audience would sympathize. The ending of the book, where George lies to a mob and walks off with a friend, is much different than the play. The play ends with a gunshot from George killing Lennie, “And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger” (Steinbeck 106). Steinbeck wanted it this way to show the dream that they shared was now shattered ("Stage"). Of Mice and Men is often considered to be a great realist and naturalist book. It blends together the views of social criticism with an ill fate that will inevitably cause a downfall. Many views of this book are of their

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