Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men The essay will be from the viewpoint of John Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice and Men. The most basic overall viewpoint of the book would be to reach for your dreams regardless of what sets you back.

George Milton, a hard working man, wanted only to have his own ranch with a garden. The only reason he did not succeed was because he cared. Lennie Small was a simple man. Though not very smart he knew what he liked and always strived after it. All he every wanted was something to pet something, that felt pretty like velvet. Candy lost his hand recently, he learned of what George and Lennie were going to do and that is when Candy felt that life was worth living always having a smile on his face he was going to give everything he had to be apart of it.

There are many different areas where that the book discussed dreams th by George (even though Lennie new it by heart). He still liked it better when George said it. It was a feeling hope that perked both of them up. The hope that someday it was going to be different they could be there own bosses, and if somebody they new and liked came over he would stay the night and if they saw someone they didn't like they kicked them off there property.

Curley's wife, also had a dream, a dream of a man that would want to sit down and talk to her and they could discuss what was on her mind. It didn't matter who it was, but Curley was not it. That was the reason she was always forgetting stuff and looking for it in the bunk house. As Whit said "I bet she even gives the stable buck the eye". (56) The stable buck, Crooks, had a simple of having friends. "S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit our here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs someone -- to be near him. "(81) I believe that John Steinbeck had at least two forshadowings of Lennie's death one of course was Candy's dog being shot. Especially how when Carlson was talking to Candy about his dog and he said " He ain't no good to you, and he ain't no good to himself, Candy. An he ain't no good to himself. Why'nt' you shoot him, Candy?" And the other when the snake was slithering across the water and was gobbled up by the Heron who was there the whole time. Then realize that the opportunity had come to put the snake out of the misery of constantly looking around trying to run away from the bad things. And the Heron did.

All in all I think that through the highs and lows of life you need a friend, whether he is the smartest guy in the world, a compassionate one (George), or a loyal one (Lennie). You need someone. Everyone on the ranch seemed to envy the idea of having a friend to travel around with and they didn't care that Lennie wasn't the brightest either (as it should be).

However, I feel that John Steinbeck left out one of the most important facts, whether George takes keeps his job, or moves on, maybe makes a new friend. .

My Page of Comments/Questions for the book Of Mice and Men The Pearl (another Steinbeck story) Talks about a father who finds the BIG Pearl and treks all across his world to sell only to have his young son Coyotito shot. The moral of that story was that not every dream is worth the risk. I don't know if that exactly fits the scenario here but I feel that it is similar. Does he keep the dream a live or does it just die with Lennie