Of mice and men book review

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'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck Review

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Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring (as many books about the Great Depression.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - review

Instead, they are delicately woven through the plotline, so much so that you will only realize halfway through the book that the story which you at first thought to be simple is as complex as the characters in it. At the center of the plotline are two friends, George Milton and Lennie Small, two drifters, searching for work and a big break in the Californian ranches, during the time of the Great Depression. Their relationship can best be described as symbiotic. Lennie, who is childlike in mind and has difficulties in understanding and controlling his strength, depends heavily on George for guidance on how to behave in society. As for George, quick-witted and streetwise like few are, he seeks in Lennie comradeship, an escape from loneliness, but perhaps more importantly, a means to sustain his hope of a better future. After Lennie gets himself in trouble at their last workplace, the duo is forced to flee, ending up finding a job at a big ranch near Soledad.

John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is a touching tale of the friendship between two men set against the backdrop of the United States during the Depression of the s. Subtle in its characterization, the book addresses the real hopes and dreams of working-class America. Steinbeck's short novel raises the lives of the poor and dispossessed to a higher, symbolic level. Its powerful ending is climactic and shocking to the extreme. But, we also come to an understanding of the tragedy of life. Regardless of the sufferings of those who live it, life goes on. George is a cynical, irresolute man.

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Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring as many books about the Great Depression may seem but it is actually a great tribute to literature. The book is about a man called George and his childlike, kind-hearted friend Lennie. They find work in a ranch after being on the run from their old job because Lennie got them in deep trouble, and it seems that in this book he may get in trouble again as George may have not been able to help him. The book is great because, not only the great use of description, but the characters because Steinbeck shows how children are, in some cases, better people than adults in the way that they do not judge people because they do not see people or things from that point of view an example being childlike Lennie who has a mental disability though they didn't know that at the time the book is based.

I had heard a lot about this book and also own it. It is there somewhere. I cannot seem to find it though. I thought I would eventually read it and I did not tell I borrowed a copy from the library and finished it in a single sitting. If you do decide not to read it in a single sitting, take it from me, this book will haunt you. It will not let you be till you have completed it. Now to the plot.

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