George Milton is a small man with deep morals and is one of the most important characters in the novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. George is a typical lonesome man living in the Great Depression that migrates from ranch to ranch to find a place of work. However, his friendship with Lennie makes him different than the other men. George faces many consequences from befriending Lennie and with his presence, George is unable to maintain a job without having any trouble or messes to clean up. Readers should be more compassionate toward George because of his relationship with Lennie; George sacrifices his personal wants, has to correct Lennie’s mistakes and eventually has to come to terms with the ultimate sacrifice.
It does this through an emphasis on dialogue rather than description, rapid changes of scenes and lack of transitions. To set the scene of 1930s life, Steinbeck uses the concept of social realism when he evokes the idea that the two protagonists are destined to crash from the very beginning. Steinbeck ensures that his characters are believable and are shown as is so that the reader can connect and relate with each protagonist. There is a much deeper meaning to the setting of mice and men; The Great Depression and poor men desperately looking for work. Steinbeck describes natural settings to create a mood and atmosphere for the reader, also emphasising themes such as loneliness and instability.
They all had their own individual dreams, but they have the same overall goal; each man just looks at the situation differently (The American Dream in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” 578). Their actions represent the time period and the people of the time period. Each of the men has a hard time achieving this dream, and each goes about pursuing it differently. The Great Depression makes the men’s dreams extremely difficult (Brown 2). The men all begin to pursue the same dream, to live on the farm, so they come together and grow as friends.
Living life on the ranch, under California’s blazing sun, they were all expected to be together and having fun. Instead of enjoying their life times like all their dreams were planned out to be, the miserable characters spent their limited days drowning in loneliness and isolation. As if no one ever gave a hoot about them, days and nights keep on going and going, without a single drop of friendship. It has been going like this for years now and how will this put to stop? The dejected characters in the book, Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s, are used to help reinforce the importance of companionship throughout their sorrowful days.
Ultimately, Lennie, the one who is mentally handicapped, makes George’s dream very difficult and Lennie is actually the biggest obstacle for achieving it. (https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/o/of-mice-and-men/of-mice-and-men-at-a-glance) George and Lennie are friends in search of work. They dream of owning a farm but are held back by Lennie’s childlike mentality and fetish for soft things. They find work on a ranch in Soledad, California. Then we meet Curley, a man with anger and jealousy issues.
Lennie is a loveable dope character in every sense of the word; he lacks the intelligence to fend for himself and very heavily depends on George. His behavior and attitude toward life directly mimic that of a child 's. George is constantly conflicted in his opinion of Lennie, on one hand, he understands Lennie’s disabilities and cares for him like a brother. However, Lennie’s tendency to get in trouble is a huge burden on George. The relationship between the two reaches a boiling point after Lennie inadvertently kills the wife of the boss’s son, Curley, in the farm they had been working in for a few weeks.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the era of the Great Depression in the 1930’s is revealed through a simple story of ranch workers who hope to improve their lives. Migrant workers, George and Lennie, have a friendship that is based on trust and protection. The other workers lack the companionship and bond that these two men have. In the novel, the absence and presence of friendship is the motivation for the characters’ actions. The relationship between the characters George and Lennie is a strong example of friendship in this novel.
Everyone knows that one person who is always helping whoever he can no matter what shape he is in or how big the job is. John Steinbeck’s, The Red Pony, creates a humble, helpful, and hardworking man who tries his best to keep a friend’s horse from dying but fails and feels guilty as if everything was his fault. In The Red Pony, Billy Buck, the hired hand on the ranch, tries to keep his friend’s horse alive that has become very sick. Although Billy Buck did his best, the horse still died, leaving them devastated. Jody, Billy’s friend who is also the youngest on the ranch, was very emotional when his horse had died and that made Billy feel like the whole thing was his fault.
The subject of Of Mice and Men is George and Lennie; its themes are ideas such as dreams, racial discrimination and loneliness. A vivid portrait of two migrant farmers who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world after the Depression in America which crippled the country from 1930-1936, and one third of America’s population-unemployment. George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream of a place to call their own farm. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their American dreams begin to destabilize. Physical description, actions, and speech are the major techniques used by Steinbeck in his portraits to give a preliminary description of the characters.
The American Dream is For Fools “We know what we got, and we don't care whether you know it or not” (79). The novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is about a group of men who are constantly aspiring for the American Dream. Since they are just ranchers, making hardly any money, it is obvious that this wish will never be able to come true for them. John Steinbeck uses the characters in Of Mice and Men to show that believing in the American Dream is only for fools. George, one of the main characters of the novel, is way too optimistic on the idea of achieving the American Dream.
Curley is very controlling of her and does not like her talking to the other men. Slim: Slim is a ranch worker, along with Lennie and George. He seems to be content with his life, and the others often look to him for advice on various topics. Carlson: Carlson is also a ranch worker, and does not like Candy’s dog. He ultimately persuaded Candy to agree to let him put his dog down.