Of Mice & Men

By: John Steinbeck

Novel summary

The book of mice of men is about two traveling companions, George and Lennie, who wonder the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then now they worked as farm laborers, they work really hard anywhere. From working so hard, their dream of having a better life was just around the corner. But George has a problem with Lennie, he can't look out for him because of flirtatious woman, consequences are now to come.

Theme Analysis

In the book of mice of men, the theme reflects on all the characters about loneliness. On the most obvious level, we see this isolation when the ranch hands go into town on Saturday night to ease their loneliness with alcohol and women. Similarly, Lennie goes into Crook's room to find someone with whom to talk, and later Curley's wife comes for the same reason.

Important Quote

"Guys like us, that work of ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place . . . With us it ain't like that. We got a future ... An' why? Because . . . because i got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why" (Steinbeck pg 13-14)

Author Biography

John Steinbeck (1902-1968), born in Salinas, California, came from a family of moderate means. He worked his way through college at Stanford University but never graduated. In 1925 he went to New York, where he tried for a few years to establish himself as a free-lance writer, but he failed and returned to California. After publishing some novels and short stories, Steinbeck first became widely known with Tortilla Flat (1935), a series of humorous stories about Monterey paisanos.