Of Mice and Men

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Joe Howell

Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and men is a book written by John Steinbeck in 1937 about two ranch hands trying to find work during the great depression. Not only is it on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century but it has also been adapted to the stage and the silver screen. The story takes place during the great depression in California where the two main characters George Milton an intelligent and fast talking man and Lennie Small a large powerful man who is simple in the head are traveling ranch hands looking for work so they can get enough money together to buy their own place and according to Lennie they will be "living off the fatta' the lan”. However their dreams don’t pan out as well as they hoped.

On November 15, 2012 The Acting Company came to the Collage of Southern Idaho and put on a theatrical presentation of, “Of Mice and Men” directed by Ian Belknap. The Acting Company did a fantastic job of putting this play on. The opening scene was enough to suck me right in. The play opens on George and Lennie huddled around a fire talking about their next job that was waiting for them and the plans they have too someday get their own place and never have to work for anyone else again. The stage is transformed from the middle of nowhere to a bunk house on a barley farm. The scene is really brought to life by the actors, the simplicity of the stage and scenery just added to the effectiveness of the illusion.

Love is at the very heart of this play, not only is the love that George has for Lennie very obvious, there is also the love that Lennie has for soft things and that is what gets him into trouble. George constantly stands up for Lennie, he doesn’t let anyone bully him, he knows Lennie could really hurt someone if he wanted to, like he did in the second act when he breaks the ranch bosses sons hand, when he tries to hurt him. The play never really tells us why George and Lennie are together or why...
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