Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice And Men


By: Shelly Wolf

When writing the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck made many themes clear to his
readers. Some of these themes were good statements to live by, and others weren't. Most of
these themes were about people's social lives, because that was what a good part of the
book was about. They addressed friendship, equality, and death. The first, and probably
most important lesson taught by this book was the value of friendship. From the very
beginning of the book, readers can tell that George and Lennie are very close friends.
Later, the book tells of this odd duo's past. Because Lennie was never too bright, George
often took advantage of him. Eventually, though, George decided Lennie needed someone to
take care of him and lead him through life. The two stuck together, though Lennie often
got them both into trouble. Another theme the book contains is negative statements about
human equality. On the ranch where George and Lennie worked, the ranch hands were
considered more inferior than the wealthy boss, his son, and his daughter-in-law. One of
the ranch hands, Crooks, was a black man and also a cripple. He was considered more
inferior than the ranch hands and had a private room out in the barn. Some of the other
ranch hands did respect him, though; as much as someone could expect from anyone at the
time the story takes place. Throughout the story, Lennie found out just how fragile life
was in his strong hands. When he was younger, his aunt would give him mice to play with
and pet. Because he was so strong, he would pet them too hard and kill them. When Slim
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