Of Mice and Men is a story following two men and their adventure in achieving the ‘American Dream’ which is owning their proper ranch. However, along their journey in accomplishing that dream, they must overcome certain obstacles and learn the truth about what it means to be human while encountering friends and foes.
The author of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. During his early years, he lived a comfortable life with his family. He also worked at a ranch, which gave him the images used in Of Mice and Men. He also experienced the time of the great depression, which was the time during Of Mice and Men. This gave him the vision and idea of writing Of Mice and Men.
The purpose of this novel is to illustrate about what it means to be human. Isolation is one of many themes in the novel and the author illustrates it well in the novel. The relationship between a female character and the men in the story represents the theme isolation well. Also, the relationship between a coloured man and the rest of the characters also represents this theme very well.
Overall, this a very good read if you’re interested in the perspective that the author has on humans.
- @newtricksterx of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows two farm workers Lennie and George who travel from farm to farm looking for work during the Great Depression. George is a smart man while Lennie is mentally disabled. However, they both dream of having their own farm to live on, and consequently develop a close friendship because of their shared dream. The book is a gripping read as George and Lennie have to overcome many difficult obstacles on their way to owning a farm. Lennie’s mental disability and extreme strength get the two friends into trouble when he breaks their employer’s hand in a confrontation. Additionally, the Great Depression in the United States makes it almost impossible for them to buy a farm. Nevertheless George and Lennie try to accomplish their dream despite the challenges and George often consoles Lennie when he is stressed by recounting stories of the cute bunnies they will grow on their farm. Their resilient friendship makes the story emotional at times and the book as a whole is a very enjoyable read.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board