Of Mice and Men

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HYPOTHESIS: the novel of mice and men is still very relevant today.

I want you to all think to yourselves, have you ever dreamt something so big, believed something so big and achieved something so big.

Good morning ACARA Youth Forum, my name is Lily and I am going to discuss with you that classic novels studied in schools do continue to offer educational value. I go to Woodcrest State College and in the past month we have read and studied carefully the classic but still very relevant novel ‘Of Mice and Men’. During this speech we are going to uncover three different themes that occurred in the novel while George and Lenny (the main characters) continued to reach for their American dream. Based in the 1930’s these themes include loneliness, discrimination and friendship. These are all very relevant themes still today as they are very useful principles to apply in our lives.

Throughout the novel George and Lenny travel together searching for their American Dream of owning their own piece of land. They travel to different ranches to find work and try to keep a stable job. The American dream back in those days included having your own land and family. This dream was what really kept George and Lenny together and with this they kept aiming for there dream. I personally think that the American dream portrayed in the novel shows that if you believe you can achieve even when faced with seemingly impossible challenges. These adversities coupled with determination built strength of character. The struggle of the main characters provide us with valuable insight into how to be determined to stick at something until your dream is realised.

In the novel the theme of loneliness was portrayed by the migrant workers. This was to be true as migrant workers travelled by themselves away from their family and the familiar as they looked for work. Another example of loneliness in the novel was by Curley’s wife as she said “I get lonely…you can talk to people, but I can’t...
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