Of Mice and Men Essay

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QUESTION: Explain HOW composers are able to explore themes and ideas through the techniques they employ through the creation of narrative. Composers of a novel are able to explore themes and ideas through the techniques which they employ through the creation of a narrative story. The novella Of Mice and Men is about two men working at the ranch in America to chase their dream to get their own place with rabbits. George Milton and Lennie Small are friends who travel together. They both share the same dream, which is to one day own their own ranch. George is quick-witted and intelligent. He takes the parental role of looking after Lennie, a simple-minded man who in the book is described as a giant.

Lennie is kind hearted with huge physical strength. He does not know how powerful he is and likes to pet animals. The other men on the ranch find their relationship unusual as they do not know of their past. The themes I will be discussing in this essay are The American Dream, loneliness and death. The American Dream is the major theme throughout the text. Steinbeck explores this theme through Lennie and George’s dream of owning a small place with rabbits this creates a vision of a form of escapism for them. The main reason why Lennie wants his place is so that he can keep all the rabbits. The rabbit symbolizes Lennie’s dreams and the impossibility of their fulfillment and also symbolizes his childlike personality. Rabbits are a simple summation of everything Lennie hopes for. The composers of this novel are able to explore the American Dream through symbolism which is shown through the rabbits which represents hope.

Loneliness plays an important role in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. As Steinbeck illustrates through Curley's wife, Candy, and Crooks, companionship and a sense of belonging are vital to human happiness; all three characters face problems and negative feelings because of their loneliness and isolation. It is ironic that Crooks, Candy...
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