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Of Mice and Men Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on November 25, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,382 words

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The name ‘Of mice and men’ originated from a quote which was taken from a famous poem ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go wrong’ which is the English translation by Robert Burns. The name was then taken by; John Steinbeck who created the tragic novel ‘Of mice and men’. The book is set in Salina’s valley near Soledad: which means loneliness. Loneliness is a key theme in this novel as it portrays how life was for people during the depression in the 1930’s. Another theme that is greatly explored throughout this novel is the ‘American Dream’ which was used as a dream of a better life which relieved people of reality. James Truslow was the first to publicly express the ‘American dream’ in 1931. “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each, according to ability or achievement.”

Each character ‘Of mice and men’ conveyed their hope and prosperity of improving their standards of living which was based upon the ‘American dream’. Unfortunately, none of the characters achieve their dream, which possible reflects Steinbeck’s view that the dream was not attainable. Not achieving this dream this dream often resulted in severe depression, which can be seen from the character Crooks who suffered from depression due to him loosing the ‘American dream’. Crook’s even shows his lack of belief in the ‘American dream’ when he claims, ‘nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head.’ This shows that crooks believed that to get land was just as hard as it was to get to heaven, because during the 1930’s everyone wanted the ‘American dream’ but the chances of achieving it were slim. Also, Crooks had been on the ranch for a long time and had witnessed many men that claimed they would eventually have the ‘American dream’ but all failed. The writer wanted to convey that the hope of a better life was as important to people during the 1930’s as it was to go to...

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