Of mice and men Term Paper

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of mice and men




Of Mice and Men
"Of Mice and Men", by John Steinbeck, is composed of four major themes. These themes are
the value of dreams and goals, moral responsibility, social injustice, and the bond of
friendship and loyalty.

The value of dreams and goals are that they provide hope and the desire to keep going in
life, rather than lying down to die. When Lennie is feeling depressed in the woods he asks
George to tell him about the "dream farm" again. This is the farm that George and Lennie
hope to own someday. Even though this dream seems almost impossible at the time it still
generates enough hope to keep Lennie and George going. When George starts talking bout it
Lennie gets excited and happy and so does George. Another example of the power of dreams
is when Candy over hears George and Lennie's "dream farm" and becomes a part of the dream.
Candy progresses from a depressed sad attitude to a cheerful excited one. He now has hope
of doing something and it came from the "dream farm". A final example of the value of
dreams and goals is when Crooks hears of the farm. Crooks is a lonely black man who has no
future, but when he starts to think of how he can be a part of the dream he also gets
happy and excited, until his dream is crushed. Many people of good character have to honor
certain moral responsibilities.

George is bond by his own conciseness to take care of Lennie. No one makes him do it, he
does it because it feel like the right thing to do. Candy felt like he neglected his moral
responsibility to shoot his own dog. Candy felt poor inside because it was his job to
shoot his dog but instead Carlson shot him. This shows that when a person goes against
what is morally right to them, they hate themselves for it. At the end of the story George
is forced, out of moral, to shoot Lennie. It was the right thing to do, and even though it
almost killed George inside to kill his best friend, he still did it.

Social injustice is when a person or a group of people feel they are better than people
who are different by race, intelligence, age, sex, or other differences. Curley is rude
and mean toward Lennie for the whole reason that Lennie is a broad fellow. Curley doesn’t
like men that are larger than him, so he singles out Lennie and attacks him. Another good
example of social injustice is Crooks. Crooks has to be alone all the time because he is
black. When Crooks tells Miss Curley to leave his room Miss Curley threatens that she can
get him lynched. This reduces Crooks to a big pile of nothing and crushes Crooks dreams of
going to the "dream farm". Crooks only responds with a series of "yes ma’am" 's then
becomes beyond depressed. The power that one person can end another's life with a single
lie without and evidence is a prime example of social injustice. A final example of social
injustice is Candy being old. He is treated old and useless, if he stuck up for Crooks
about the “Miss Curley lie,” no one would believe him. Miss Curley laughs at Lennie,
Crooks, and Candy because to her they are all below her.
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