Of Mice and Men may not be a fairytale, but it gives the public the raw and real truth. It does not sugar coat anything. The book tells of the hardships of two very different men, who are inconceivably united together through circumstances. In the short novel, I grew to fully appreciate George and Lennie. I cried over their hardships and laughed at their cheers. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, I saw a theme that was surely meant to stand out, the theme that dreams do not always come true. In fact, I believe that they hardly do.
Of Mice and Men is the story of George and Lennie. George is a small and sly, but bitter man, and Lennie could be said to be the exact opposite. Lennie is large and slow, but an innocent man. We first meet our protagonists by a river. They discuss their reasons for leaving, which was Lennie allegedly molesting a girl, even though he only wanted to touch her dress. Lennie wants to discuss his dream of owning a farm with rabbits and George reluctantly agrees. George and Lennie plan on going to a ranch to get work, and after a good night’s rest, they proceed to the ranch.
After procuring the jobs, a series of events occur, including the meeting of the ranch hands, the death of Candy’s dog, Candy wanting to join in their dream, and Curly picking a fight with Lennie. That does not end well for Curly, as he acquires a broken hand from the bout. Later on, as Lennie ponders what to do with his dead puppy, Curly’s wife, a temptress, talks with him, and eventually, Lennie succumbs to temptation, and touches Curly’s wife’s hair. He would not let go, however, and ends up breaking her neck. Fleeing, the truth was found out and a search party was sent, as Curly swore curses. George knew where Lennie went and instead of letting Lennie suffer, kills him, himself.
There were quite a few literary elements included in this piece of art. I would like to discuss a few, including foreshadowing, symbolism, and irony. It will also include characterization, in the sense of indirect and direct. In the beginning of the book, Lennie was quite known to touch pretty things, disregarding any consequences. He would pet mice, but eventually killed them in retaliation for biting him. This is foreshadowing because Lennie, later on, kills Curly’s wife, because he was touching her hair, and she got mad at him.
Some irony in the book was Lennie’s last name was Small, despite the fact that he was humongous man. One more piece of irony was that Curly’s wife was described as pretty, and desirable, yet not a single man on the ranch wanted anything to do with her, besides Lennie. Some symbolism in Of Mice and Men includes Lennie’s last name yet again. His last name may signify the smallness of his capacity of knowledge. He is rather slow and forgets things quite easily. The snake at the beginning and end may signify the evilness of man, and how they treat each other. Men were not treated equally, resulting in some mishaps that could be avoided,...