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The Loss Of Eden And The Attempt To Regain It

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Eden "“ with this word billions of people connect an idea of contentment although they have never experienced it. The Bible describes Eden as "a garden eastward "¦ [in which] "¦ out of the ground "¦ grow[s] every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food" (Gen. 2.9). In addition, there are the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden. Once, this nice place was in the hands of the human race, but it had to be given up by mankind because of the Fall of Man. The humans were allowed to eat the fruits of every tree except the ones from the tree of life and from the tree of knowledge. However, one day, the serpent spoke to Eve and enticed her to break the rules of the Lord "“ she took a fruit of the tree of knowledge and shared it with Adam. Soon, the Lord discovered the betrayal and punished his children. He cursed man and "sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken" (Gen. 3.23). He also "placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the" humans out of it (Gen. 3.24). Since then, mankind has been condemned to live on the earth and to make the best of it.All people are affected by this curse, including the characters of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. It takes place in the years of the Great Depression, and it is set in the Salinas Valley in California where the Soledad farm is located. Here, the two main characters, the smart George Milton and his retarded companion Lennie Small, work to make some money that they desperately need to fulfill their dream "“ the recreation of a terrestrial Eden. At the beginning, everything looks as if they actually could achieve their goal. But their idea falls apart as soon as the biologically handicapped Lennie is tempted by the wife of the boss's son and kills her accidentally. Thus, given this plot line, it is clear that Steinbeck recognizes that man will never again be able to pass through the gates of Eden or at least to recreate it on earth after the Fall of Man. For in Of Mice and Men economic and biological factors prevent this and make people feel lonely. This state may be temporarily overcome by a community of men, but still the acts of women will wipe out the dream of a terrestrial Eden by destroying the comradeship of males who then will face an uncertain future.Economic and biological forces mainly cause the loneliness of John Steinbeck's characters. It is the Great Depression that makes the economic aspect the most relevant cause for solitude and rootlessness in the novel Of Mice and Men. The Great Depression was an absolute disaster for all people and not just for the ones that lost their investments in the stock market when it crashed in 1929. Many tenant farmers moved to California where, they hoped to find a better life as farm workers. But, with so many of them pouring into California,...

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