” Guys like us, that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong any place. With us, it isn’t like that. We got a future. because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you” This is the sentence George Milton always tells his companion, Lennie Smalls, as they make their way through the Great Depression.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck, a famous American novelist. Steinbeck was born 27th February in 1920 and originally comes from Salinas in America. Back in the 1900 hundreds, Steinbeck was one of the most well-respected authors and he still is one of the most impressive writers still to this day. In 1962 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel prize in literature for his realistic and imaginative writing. Throughout Steinbeck’s writing Carrere, he authored 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books and two collections of short stories. When Steinbeck wrote the novella Of Mice and Men he was inspired by a poem written by Scottish Robert Burns, the title Of Mice and Men come from one of Robert’s poems.
George and Lennie, two migrant field workers who move from place to place in California in America in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression taking place in 1930’s. George Milton, a slightly tiny man with sharp features and a bright mind, dreaming of owning his own land in the future. Georg’s best friend, Lennie Small a tall man, strong as a bull and unfortunately mentally disabled. These two men are making their way down to The Ranch where they get confronted by the boss’s aggressive and hateful son towards large and tall men like Lennie Small. George warns the man that he better not starts anything with Lennie because Lennie is strong and he doesn’t fight with any rules.
The novella Of Mice and Men teaches a harsh lesson about humanity. Approximately almost all the characters, including George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife, admit at least one time or another of feeling loneliness and isolation. Each desire the happiness of a friend but then again will settle for the strange ear to listen to them. “A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody, make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you”
The impossibility of the American dream is also something that this novella teaches. Majority of the characters in Of Mice and Men at some point or another, dreams of having a different life. Curley’s wife has a desire to become a movie star, Crooks fantasying about hoeing a patch of garden on Lennie’s farm one day, and George and Lennie dream of owning a farm one day. Before any of these aspirations ever take place, the characters get taken away the opportunity some or another way from this ever happening. This truly goes to show the impossibility of the American dream.
In my opinion, I must say that I enjoyed reading the book and seeing the film. Of Mice and Men gave me a whole new perspective on how loneliness and feeling like you don’t have anybody who cares about you. Reading this book was also informative about how it was to be around when the stock market crashed in the 1930s. Seeing how difficult it had to be for Lennie to live in the 1930s gets you thinking how lucky we are today to have institutions that take care of people with mentally disabilities like Lennie Small. If Lennie Small would have lived in the 1970s the horrible ending that accord would most likely never happen because his fetish for petting soft thing would not be a problem since someone would just have given him a stuffed animal with a sound box.
In conclusion, I think that what Georg Milton did seems to be the best solution in the worst scenario. I think that George was afraid Curley and his men were going to hurt Lennie far worse and thought the best solution was to shoot Lennie himself. After George shoot Lennie it’s safe to say that a little piece of himself has died with Lennie. Their friendship is over, and Lennie’s death also brings the death of any faith George had in their dream of owning a farm.