Milton And Lennie

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“Can it Get Any Better Than This?” People have high expectations for desirables, it is a part of human nature. Wealth, fame, athleticism, and intelligence all sound very appealing to the average person. John Steinbeck, in the novel Of Mice and Men, portrays that it can sometimes take small things for someone to be as happy as they can possibly be. The main characters, George Milton and Lennie Small, are two migrant workers in California who follow the American dream. They fantasize owning an acre of land, with a small house, a vegetable patch, some animals, and most importantly (to Lennie) rabbits. The duo venture out in the Salinas River Valley in search of a job to raise money to buy their land. Lennie is of enormous size, but he is mentally retarded and doesn’t know his strength. This results in George is constantly fixing his mistakes to ensure that Lennie isn’t arrested and admitted into the dreaded insane asylum. Lennie’s extreme strength causes him to accidentally harm and kill many living things that he interacts with, such as mice, dogs, and even Curley’s wife. Throughout the novel, John Steinbeck implies that it sometimes does not take much for someone to be as happy as possible be through the use of imagery, dialogue, and characterization. First, an excellent literary device to use in any story is imagery. Imagery provides the reader a real sense of…show more content…
Whether it be getting to own a small farm or being treated like a normal human being, what may look insignificant to the reader actually meant everything to the characters. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men portrays an important message: sometimes it takes small things to make someone happy. While other themes were introduced and interpreted throughout this story, it is clear how people during the Great Depression were very easily
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