Mice of Men

Topics: Great Depression, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck Pages: 3 (951 words) Published: October 17, 2013
In English class we recently read Of Mice and Men. I had read it before, but that that was a few years ago, and I didn’t really understand it then. I was surprised to learn that I actually like the book, and looked forward to reading it. This essay is about friendships and the ways in which Steinbeck illustrates them in his novel. This is a very traditional five-paragraph essay, and I personally like my creative writing better, but. . . Enjoy!

Friendships Throughout Time

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same” –Anonymous. Friends are truly so important in our lives. This has been true all throughout history, although sometimes friendships were encouraged more than others. The conditions during the Great Depression simultaneously fostered and discouraged friendships. John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men clearly illustrates the natures of friendship during the Great Depression. The author does an exemplary job of showing the strength of friendship, the lack of friendship, and the prevention of friendship and how they were present each and every day in the lives of the people during the Great Depression.

In special circumstances, the Great Depression fostered commitments. “Guys. . . they ain’t got nothing to look ahead to,” was a typical attitude in Of Mice and Men. “But not us. . . because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why,” (p.14). Lennie’s delightful proclamation sums up the friendship between the two. John Steinbeck gave example after example of them sticking up for each other. George gave Lennie advice, “Look Lennie. You try to keep away from him, will you? Don’t never speak to him. . . will you do that Lennie?” (p.29). George was looking out for Lennie again and again, running away to keep him safe, protecting him, talking for him, and making sure he was okay. Lennie really cared about George and...
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