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Of Mice and Men. By John Steinbeck. The Novel. Published 1937 Parable: a journey through brutal experiences, constant obstacles Themes and Ideas Is happiness possible? Hopes can handicapped, literally and figuratively Commentary the inhumanity of men toward each other. Lennie and George.

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Of mice and men

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck


The novel
The Novel

  • Published 1937

  • Parable: a journey through brutal experiences, constant obstacles

  • Themes and Ideas

    • Is happiness possible?

    • Hopes can handicapped, literally and figuratively

    • Commentary the inhumanity of men toward each other


Lennie and george
Lennie and George

  • Migrant workers

  • Seeking security in an insecure world

    • Have a dream for the future

  • Seeking dignity, independence, freedom from fear

  • Power of friendship

  • They have a dream


Lennie
Lennie

  • Mentally handicapped

  • Large, very strong

  • Dependent on George for advice and protection

  • Loves small soft things

  • Loves “the dream” but does not understand


George
George

  • Lennie’s protector

  • Kind, but honest


Other characters
Other Characters

  • Slim: Everyone respects him

  • Candy: Lost his hand in an accident

  • Crooks: Isolated because he is black

  • Carlson: Represents the insensitive world

  • Curley: Cruel and jealous

  • Curley’s Wife: Unimportant. She doesn’t even have a name!


The poem by robert burns
The Poem by Robert Burns

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,

Often go awry,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

“On the turning up of her house . . .” Burns composed this poem


What to look for
What to Look For

  • Foreshadowing

  • Surprise Ending with a significant moral question

  • Similar themes to “Grapes of Wrath”

    • Dignity of the common man; the worth of his story

    • Strength and endurance of the common man

    • The changing American Dream

    • Loneliness and isolation