Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men follows a pair of migrant field workers in California as they move South from Weed to work on a ranch in Soledad. The novella navigates between the everyday realities of George Milton and Lennie Small-gigantic in stature, well-meaning, but with limited mental capacity-and their dream of settling down on their own ranch, a dream that seems all the more tempting for its impossibility.The first of Steinbeck's works to focus in detail on migrant field workers, Steinbeck represents the unattainable but exceedingly attractive nature of the American dream in light of the lonely, shiftless lives of migrant workers. A strong desire for the stability and refuge of companionship motivates most of the action in the novella, and the break of the strong homosocial bond between George and Lennie constitutes the work's closing tragedy. The close friendship between the two men and the simplicity and tenderness of their dream makes Of Mice and Men a compelling psychological glimpse into the lives of migrant field workers, setting the novella apart from Steinbeck's later, far more encompassing work, The Grapes of Wrath.

ISBN: 9781781125939
Publication Date: 01-Aug-2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke, Limited