John Steinbeck is an American author who often dealt with social and economic issues. He has written many famous novels including The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. During the time of the Great Depression, Steinbeck elaborated on the general theme of human nature in his well known novel Of Mice and Men. Discussing … Read more
What if the idea that so many throughout history spent their lives attempting to achieve was in reality nothing more than that: an idea? The American Dream is an important driving factor for workers looking for their ideal life as the dream says that working hard will be rewarded with success and prosperity. However, John … Read more
Past and present American literature has ultimately reflected the life and culture of America today. The history of that literature suggests that America is not an equitable nation. According to the Oxford Pocket English Dictionary, equity is, in its most basic form, the quality of being fair and impartial. Historically, America has not demonstrated qualities … Read more
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane actor and director, once remarked, “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story” (BrainyQuote.com). The occurrence of a happy ending is prevalent in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, in which its characters desperately look forward to achieving their American Dreams. The … Read more
Abstract: John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men puts forth various notions of mental health during the Great Depression era in the United States of America. This paper focuses mainly on the treatment of Lennie Small, an individual with mental illness, by the other characters, especially George Milton. It explores how mental illness was dealt with … Read more
Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ is set in 1930s America during the dust bowl and The Great Depression. In the novel Steinbeck introduces the reader to many different characters. One of the characters we are introduced to is Curley’s wife who is represented as a very lonely and selfish person. Steinbeck also portrays Curley’s … Read more
The American Dream: the idea that anyone, regardless of their background, can find success through hard-work and determination. One major theme that Steinbeck explores in Of Mice and Men, is whether or not the American Dream is achievable, or realistic. Steinbeck uses the characters George, Lennie,and Curley’s wife to deliver his pessimistic take on this … Read more
Euthanasia is a very controversial topic in our society today as mercy killing is seen as a personal choice that is currently being controlled by the law. Euthanasia is deemed a personal choice that should be decided by the individual and not by the law, due to the fact that it is essentially assisted suicide; … Read more
In the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ F Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck respectively explore the complex perspective of the true outcome of the American Dream. Although set within different eras of American society, the extensive failure of dreams throughout both texts shows how the American Dream is destined for … Read more
The American dream is protected by the Declaration of Independence (US 1776) as an inalienable right to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In John Steinbeck’s realistic novel Of Mice and Men, he represents just how elusive the American dream truly is. The novel takes place near Salinas, California, on a ranch … Read more
1)Theme: Light representing the good that fights evil (David Wyatt) • Driving force to fight the dark ◦ Due to common fear of the dark ‣ Seen through A Life in Letters ◦ Uses very simple symbols to portray message. ‣ Light overcomes dark as good should overcome evil 2)Style: Incorporating Spanish Tradition into … Read more
Nayaab Hussain Title: How does Miller and Steinbeck present hopelessness and failure of the American Dream in ‘the Death Of A Salesman’ and ‘Of Mice And Men?’ In both texts, the American Dream is where anyone has the opportunity to become wealthy and successful through hard work and determination. Both texts give the audience … Read more
John Steinbeck writes loneliness of 1930s in the story, Of Mice and Men. At the time of 1930s, The Great Depression and Dust Bowl were occurred in the United States. Because of those accidents, many workers struggled to find stable jobs and workplaces. People moved around all over the United States in order to find … Read more
Writing essays on ‘Of Mice and Men’
Here are some key themes, topics, and points for students to consider when writing an essay on Of Mice and Men:
Friendship: The friendship between George and Lennie is a central theme in the novel. Students can explore how this relationship is tested throughout the story and how it contributes to the novel’s overall message.
The American Dream: The concept of the American Dream is also a significant theme in Of Mice and Men. Students can examine how Steinbeck portrays this ideal and whether or not it is achievable for the characters in the novel.
Loneliness: Many of the characters in the novel are lonely and isolated, and this theme is explored in depth. Students can analyze how each character copes with their loneliness and how their experiences differ from one another.
Power and Oppression: The novel also deals with issues of power and oppression. Students can examine how the characters in the novel are affected by those in positions of authority and how these dynamics impact the story’s outcome.
Discrimination: Discrimination is another important theme in the novel, as several characters are marginalized because of their race, gender, or disability. Students can explore how the characters are affected by discrimination and how it shapes their experiences throughout the story.
Symbolism: Steinbeck uses several symbols in the novel, such as the mice and the dream of owning a farm, to convey deeper meanings. Students can analyze the use of these symbols and what they represent in the context of the story.
Setting: The Salinas Valley setting is also significant, and students can explore how it contributes to the novel’s themes and overall message.
By exploring these themes and topics, students can develop a deeper understanding of Of Mice and Men and its place in American literature.