Of Mice and Men PDF by John Steinbeck
Click Here to Download the Book "A thriller, a gripping tale . . . that you will not set down until it is finished. Steinbeck has touched the quick." They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of lonelinss and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
Reviews I have read this book at least three times, and each time I learn more about it. Although I don't think this is Steinbeck's best work (The Winter of our Discontent qualifies), it is still a fantastic book. I just finished reading the book with my class, and as a result of their questions and comments about the book, I have learned even more. What I really appreciate about this book is that Steinbeck offers the reader many themes from which to look contemplate the events as they unfold. Ultimately, for me, this is a book about friendship. How deep can friendship go? Where does it begin? Where does it end? Are we willing to accept our friends, with all of their strengths and weaknesses, permit them to make mistakes and still appreciate and trust them at the end of the day? Steinbeck, I believe answers this question with a resounding yes. The real issue, for him, is how do establish those friendships. Is it through circumstance, or can we make it happen? Despite the claims of racism, violence and a harmful portrayal of women, Steinbeck cannot be easily written off. I would question the validity of such claims, and assert that Steinbeck is actually critical of those who would engage in the negative behavior that exists in the book.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a wonderful tale of hope, friendship, and loss. Throughout the whole book, my heart hurt for Lennie. As George says, "All the time he done bad things, but he never done one of 'em mean," it shows Lennie's personality. Lennie, although kind, did not know his brute strength. He never did any of the things he did to hurt anyone, but rather to teach them not to hurt him. He didn't realize what he was truly doing to them. My heart hurt for Lennie, but it also hurt for George. Even though George killed Lennie, it wasn't done out of brutality. George was doing, as he thought, the only thing he had left to do. Even in the process of shooting, George's hand " shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied." He regretted having to shoot Lennie, because all they'd known for so long was each other. The theme of loss is prevalent throughout the book, with Lennie losing not only physical things such as the mice and the puppy, but also mental things such as his dream of the ranch. George also lost the one person who believed in him and never questioned anything he said. The theme of friendship is also quite prevalent, with the men's close relationship. They were different from all of the other workers, because they "got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about [them]." The men may have had each other, but in the end unfortunately is wasn't enough. George couldn't stop Lennie from hurting people and animals, just as Lennie couldn't stop himself from hurting them. This fact pushed George to do the only thing he felt he had left, to kill Lennie. While sad and often debatable as being the right thing to do, I believe the way Steinbeck wrote it truly puts a pain in your heart. He manages to make you want to help Lennie, but also to lock him away. I would recommend this book to almost anyone, and it was definitely an enjoyable read.
Of Mice and Men is a stupendous Novel by John Steinbeck telling the tale of George and Lenny's struggles from finding work to trouble at it. George and Lenny are two strays trying to find their way back to the path. They
start out the book, looking for any work that would take them. They find a nice ranch to work on but things go down hill from there. The theme of Mice and Men is The Impossibility of their American Dream. At one point or another in the story, everyone had a dream, mainly being George, Lenny and Candy. But even Curly's wife, before she died, said she wanted to be a movie star. Crooks, being as nasty as he was, still had a dream of hoeing a garden on Lenny and George's ranch. But in the end, sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right, such paradises of freedom and safety are not to be found in this world. I would recommend this book to anyone. I don't like to read very much but this is one of the few that was exceptionally inspiring to me. Not only was it a amazing book, it actually made me cry! The grim lesson that it taught was just the lesson and twisting ending I needed to start to like reading again.
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