Of mice and men

by John Steinbeck

Summary of Mice and men

Mice and Men is a parable about what it means to be human. Steinbeck's story of George and Lennie's ambition of owning their own ranch, and the obstacles that stand in the way of that ambition, reveal the nature of dreams, dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice. Ultimately, Lennie, the mentally handicapped giant who makes George's dream of owning his own ranch worthwhile, ironically becomes the greatest obstacle to achieving that dream. Lennie can not keep him self away from furry things. This might be a problem for them later. Can Lennie pull him self together in order to have his own ranch or will he get in trouble.

Loneliness and Companionship

Many of the characters admit to suffering from profound loneliness. George sets the tone for these confessions early in the novella when he reminds Lennie that the life of a ranch-hand is among the loneliest of lives. Men like George who migrate from farm to farm rarely have anyone to look to for companionship and protection. As the story develops, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife all confess their deep loneliness. The fact that they admit to complete strangers their fear of being cast off shows their desperation.

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John Steinbeck Bio

Born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California, John Steinbeck dropped out of college and worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer. His 1939 novel, The grapes of wrath, about the migration of a family from Oklahoma to California, won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Steinbeck served as a solder during World War II, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He died in New York City in 1968.