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Of Mice And Men "Frienship Essay

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John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' is set in California in the 1930's, when the Great Depression swept across America, resulting in catastrophic changes to the lives of millions. Some people starved trying to find work; while others did all they could to just hang on a little longer. Everyone dreamed of being financially independent, or at the least relatively comfortable, though for most the dream was precisely that; a dream. “Of Mice and Men” involves many characters that dream for a better future. For example, George and Lennie wish to live 'off the fatta the land' (16). Curley’s wife always dreamed of becoming an actress, and Crooks desired racial acceptance. Most characters in the ...view middle of the document...

Though, despite the negative perceptions, we see that Curley’s wife also has ambitions for a different life, as she dreams of becoming an actress. She was once told she had the potential to become an actress and thought perhaps her dreams had been answered. She heads for Hollywood, however, ends up trapped on a ranch with no one to talk to. "I ain't used to livin’ like this. I coulda made something of myself". Her dream gives her hope to achieve more than people think and this gives Curley’s wife motivation. Even though Curley’s wife had the potential to become famous, her personal circumstances limit her ability to chase her dream.
In the 1930’s African Americans were seen as incompetent and inferior and as a consequence they didn’t have the same rights as white people. ‘Of Mice and Men’ includes a ‘coloured’ man named, Crooks. He is a stable man, who lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. Crooks is so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment that he is suspicious of any kindness he receives. “A coloured man got to have some rights even if he doesn’t like 'em" (90). Lennie’s brief interaction with Crooks reveals the complexity of racial prejudice in the northern California ranch life. Lennie unwittingly soothes Crooks into feeling at ease, and Candy even gets the...

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