Introduction John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, focuses on the lonely and powerless lives led by many men during the Great Depression and how they must take refuge in insubstantial dreams of a better life to cope with it.Of Mice and Men portray the lives of George, Lennie, Candy, Curley's wife and Crooks during the 1930's.
Other devices Steinbeck uses are similes, metaphors personification and onomatopoeia.
Many things are not told by Steinbeck but are learnt from the dialogue of the characters.
The other characters also depict how they cope with their loneliness and powerlessness.
The novel is set in a ranch near a town named Soledad which is Spanish for 'loneliness' and the title Of Mice and Men is an allusion to a poem written by Robert Burns 'To a Mouse On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with a Plow'. Middle To counter this, he takes comfort in petting 'nice things with my fingers, sof' things.' (Steinbeck 101) His great strength and love of petting soft things - and accidently killing them - makes him a dangerous man.
Throughout A Lesson Before Dying, Burned Alive, and Of Mice and Men, marginalization and maltreatment were immanent.
In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, some of the characters experience several examples of both mistreatment and marginalization.
“One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings” (Quote Garden.com).
This quote by Franklin Thomas is a great example of marginalization and mistreatment in the past, both issues that were made very evident in the books that were read during the summer.
The novel focuses on George's dreams of owning his own place and taking control of his life.
He and Lennie are, for a short time, united in making that dream happen.