Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice And Men
By John Steinbeck

The novel ‘Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck, is about a journey the two main characters, George and Lennie take. The ill-assorted pair come across work in a small ranch near a place called ‘Soledad'. This is where they meet the other characters in the story. One of the main points Steinbeck makes us aware of is the damaging effects of loneliness on people's lives. The setting also helps to create a clear picture of the loneliness as do the characters they meet. The book is set in the 1930s in Soledad. Workers are given a bunkhouse to stay in while working on the remote ranch. The description Steinbeck gives of the bunkhouse emphasises the lack of security and comfort in the men's lives as it says ‘The walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted'.

This tells us there is a lack of decoration and it is very basic. It also says in the first paragraph ‘Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with the blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking.' This shows it was very cramped. Steinbeck also mentions that there is only a wooden latch over the door which shows privacy and security is very poor. George and Lennies first impression of the bunkhouse is that it was not what they expected. While looking at a small yellow can that contained poison for killing lice and roaches George said ‘Say. What the hell's this?'

He clearly shows he is not impressed with the bunkhouse he is given and it gives a clear picture of the empty, comfortless existence in which they lived. On the ranch are many lonely, unhappy people. One of these we meet is Candy, the old swamper. He is a misfit on the ranch as he is old and only has one hand. His only companion is his dog. He had him since it was a puppy but Carlson said it was too old and smelled. He persuaded Candy to let him shoot it and said ‘He don't have no fun … and he stinks to beat hell. Tell you what I'll shoot him for you. Then it won't be...
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