Of Mice and Men Essay

Topics: John Steinbeck, Great Depression, Of Mice and Men Pages: 4 (1365 words) Published: May 1, 2013
BY:Devindra Mohabir
DATE: April 11,2013
SCHOOL: Flushing High
John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men is about two friends who are looking for work on a ranch in Salinas Valley, California during the Great Depression. During this time people had a tough life. Nobody had enough to eat and a lot of workers went to California searching for jobs. In the book, Steinbeck used three main themes to show how life was back then. He used loneliness, friendship, and survival of the fittest. He showed just how isolated people felt back then and how having a friend was a little strange during that time. Also, he showed us how you had to do what ever it takes to survive and make a living.

Loneliness is a basic part of human life. Every one becomes lonely once in a while but in Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, he illustrates the loneliness of ranch life in the early 1930's and shows how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape this loneliness. In the book Steinbeck created a very dark and lonely world to show how isolated people were. He uses names and words such as the town near the ranch called "Soledad", which means loneliness and the card game "Solitaire" which is usually a one-player game. He made it clear that all the workers on the ranch are lonely, with some people lonelier than others. In the first chapter, Steinbeck introduces the idea of loneliness when George was telling Lennie about the dream ranch and about how men who work on ranches are living temporary lives, and have no aim in life. Steinbeck uses the setting to convey these ideas. As they were walking along the path, it is described as " a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water" (p.18) This creates a setting and shows how men who work on the ranch have had temporary, isolated and lonely...
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