Of Mice and Men

By: Conner O'Quinn

History Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men is a book that Steinbeck wrote to give a realistic description and Mage to the reader of what life was like during the Great Depression. Since Steinbeck lived throughout this time period he was tired of the typical books that were unrealistic, his idea of a real book was to set up the idea that his time period was quite messed up. The book portrays many themes that were an issue during this time period, and even though the book has been challenged for over 50 years it's still a great book.
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Important Themes

- Racism

- Friendship

- Treatment of women

- Youth in Asia

- Loneliness

- The American dream

The theme Friendship


Friendship is portrayed a lot in Of Mice and Men " Not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why. " (page 14) This quote is a divine example of friendship shown through dialogue because both look after each other.


As the story continues of Lennie and George's journey throughout farms across California, the story gives perfect examples of how their friendship is. " They had walked in a single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. " (page 3) This quote is a picture perfect example of description, because it gives a great image of how both characters go wherever the other one goes.


From the beginning of the book to the end, the way the characters are portrayed changes through out the book. " Then he replaced his hat, pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees, and embraced them. Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. " ( page 4) This example demonstrates how Lennie's character is to follow other people who he looks up to.

Secondary Reference


- This website is a perfect example to defend why Of Mice and Men shouldn't be banned.