It led him to a love of Steinbeck, and he eventually played Tom Joad on stage in the famous Steppenwolf production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Then he directed his first movie, “Miles from Home,” about two brothers who grow up on a farm in Iowa. One is more sober and responsible, the other more reckless. They can't find the balance, and get into a lot of trouble. The buried theme is similar to the one in “Of Mice and Men”: Two men together form a workable partnership, but neither is complete separately. You can sense how important this material is to Sinise.
In John Steinbeck’s classic novella, Of Mice and Men, the readers are introduced to many characters and are shown how each character has their own idea of the American Dream. The first character we are introduced to in the story, is Lennie Small. Lennie’s life critically depends on the American Dream. His dream was to live on his own land with his best friend George Milton, tend rabbits, and have a pup. While waiting for his American Dream to become a reality, he was working on a farm for Curley and his wife.
The novella, Of Mice and Men, was written by John Steinbeck. The novella focuses on two migrant workers, Lennie and George, working to fulfill the american dream to purchase land of their own. Of Mice and Men is set in Soledad, California during the Great Depression. George and Lennie take jobs at a ranch to earn money for their dream. During this time at the ranch they meet Candy, the ranch’s swamper, who shows them their bunks.
Steinbeck not only read about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, but he experienced and lived through these events of history as a young adult. In high school, he first experienced what these events were causing people to do. Of Mice and Men displays an example of the American Dream, something many people believed in during the Great Depression. The American Dream is
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is the story of two ranch hands named George and Lennie who are trying to get enough money to buy their own land. The novel takes place on a farm in California were George and Lennie work with several other ranch hands. Lennie is a mentally handicapped man who is very large and strong. George is his opposite; he is small but intelligent, and he takes care of Lennie. The book begins with the two of them making their way to a ranch after being fired from their last job, which was working on a farm in the town of Weed.
George consciously makes the decision to place the focus of Lennie’s mind on thing that Lennie desired most. George placed Lennie’s mind on the farm with the trees, the field of alfalfa, and most importantly the rabbits that Lennie would tend to. Lennie mentions numerous times, “I get to tend to the rabbits,” this dream of Lennie’s is the only thing that Lennie truly enjoys. George allows Lennie to relish in this dream one last time to let him enjoy his last moments of his life. When George and Lennie are still talking before Lennie is killed, Lennie says, “le’s do it now.
Throughout the book, the mice have a lot more relation to Lennie than some people may think. As chapters go by, this “big dream” the two friends have is mentioned quite often. That big dream is not only filled with George’s dream of owning a ranch, but it is also made up of many small dreams that Lennie has. The mice in this story represent the smaller dreams Lennie has. Lennie is known to be kind of mental, not the brightest type of person, but big and strong.
“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (Steinbeck 14). Steinbeck writes this quote which displays the protagonist’s, Lennie and George, feelings towards one another. Of Mice and Men, a story written by John Steinbeck, is set in the 1930s on a ranch in California with the two protagonists trying to live out their dreams to buy their own farm. To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, is about a family that is fighting for the rights of a black man and trying to figure out the mysterious Boo Radley. These two books have many alike themes that can be identified throughout each.
In Of Mice Of Men, I believe John Steinbeck’s greater message is that everyone has something that shows who they are and their story behind it. The author chose to focus on the dream and what it meant to the main characters. The main characters of the story George Milton and Lennie Small have a dream of living on a farm. In the context of the book Crooks the stable buck says “Just like heaven, everybody wants a little piece of land” (Steinbeck 74). This to George and Lennie symbolizes freedom and happiness to do as they please on their own land.
Through the use of symbols and language, Steinbeck emphasizes the importance of companionship and the harshness of the real world. In the book Of Mice and Men, the characters learn of the predatory nature of the human existence and that having someone by your side throughout this constant pressure makes it a lot easier. Steinbeck repeats symbols and creates parallels while writing in a straightforward, unpretentious way to express these themes. Within the book, Steinbeck shows us the loneliness of the men on the ranch and how much they all strive to have a brotherly relationship with one another. We see this through the symbol of George and Lennie’s farm.
Of Mice of Men, is a novel about George and Lennie, two ambulatory migrant companions and workers. They traveled through California during the Great Depression, looking for some work opportunities. Besides, the main characters George and Lennie personified the struggles to survive during the Depression. They possesses a strong dream of having their own farm. However, Lennie is mentally disabled, but a physically tough man who travels with George, his best and possibly only friend.
John Steinbeck has shown the risks of having a close friendship with someone meaningful in his novella Of Mice and Men. It starts in California, where two migrant workers named George and Lennie set out to find work on several farms in the countryside. These two men are quite different from each other since George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features” and Lennie is a giant man with a “shapeless” face. Though George sometimes wishes he wouldn’t have to stay with Lennie, the feelings both men have shared have been mutual since the beginning. The men are just like any other pair of best friends.
Tapanga Borkosky Mrs. Tardibuono Lit 10, 5b/c Sept. 20, 2016 Of Mice and Men In 1937, John Steinbeck wrote a book called Of Mice and Men. The book was about two friends, Lennie Small and George Milton. George and Lennie traveled with each other to different places in California. Lennie relies on George for almost everything, and George slowly get sick of it. George is a small man, with strong features, and strong hands.