Repeated debut “Of Mice and men Story”, US best-seller over 15 years, written by John Steinbeck

“Of Mice and Men” it is a very famous work, which was written in 1937 by world-known storyteller and famous essay writer John Steinbeck. A long  time ago, the story has been granted with the classic status. “Of Mice and Men” text is so powerful, but it is not as simple as  it may seem when you just begin to read it. Once more a bitter tale about “little” people.

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John Steinbeck’s Story

The story of John Steinbeck shows us the tragic story of two hard workers in the Great Depression period in California. It concerns such concepts as “a dream”, “a guilt” and “a compassion”. The book is based on Steinbeck’s  personal experience, who worked in agriculture in 1920.

Steinbeck does not differ some particular points, there are even pictures in black and white upon the eyes which help to feel complete the America’s atmosphere of those years. The author described everything so deep and clearly that no one could not pass heartless through this story. Be ready to hear and feel all voices, all sounds all emotions of that book. 
It is so hard to write an analysis about this work. There are so many thoughts in the head. The Great Depression,  America of The twenties, the lack of money and the most important thing for everyone is to survive by anyways. People plough to feed their families from morning till late at night, everyone is looking for a corner in this cruel world, everyone wants to find someone with whom you can just talk heart to heart, and whom to trust and each person has a dream, all of them dream about something internal, theirs own. 

George and Lenny

“Of Mice and Men,” it is a very touching and tragic story about love and friendship, loyalty and unfulfilled dreams. Of course, the work wins with its characters described there. They are incredibly alive and realistic. Two friends, two vagrants, George, and Lenny have been searching for a work arrived at the following ranch. Lenny is the mentally retarded man, but - a very good and strong one, George is his friend who always protects his companion who is in twice larger. They will never leave each other. Lenny, an amiable “idiot”, constantly forgets everything and is completely harmless, like a child, but he can harm himself and always brings trouble, that is why, George permanently have to keep an eye on him, and friends always travel from farm to farm. And they are dreaming of their own one: to breed chickens, pigs, rabbits and other animals, to plant a vegetable garden and walk on circuses and fairs. And only they will be the owner of all the farm and nobody can expel them. Lenny is in some kind very unmindful and always asks George to repeat about what awaits them in the future, about the farm, about independence  The main thing is - they are in each other: “Because I have you, and you have me”. Lenny sincerely believes in that dreams and George, always faithfully protecting his illusions and hopes, starts to believe in them too. How few people need to be happy and how much people need to be happy... The destiny has always her own plans.

Almost from the very first paragraph, this short story was imbued with some kind of despair. The fate smiles so rarely to  such simple hard workers like George and Lennie. First of all, the story is about a collapse of hopes, about something unrealizable, which always supports human life, even if he knows that this will never happen. In some moments, it is simply hurt to read this story because you start to pass it through yourself. So naive and timid mentally retarded people had to face with that cruel, vile and insolent world, and they are forced to live in it, looking in it with their uncomplicated innocent and kind eyes, expecting only the best. I would like to have a better world that would accept them. 
The author’s subtle and vital  description of all events and experiences, which are close to each of us. The story language is so simple and soulful. There are no frills, no cobwebs, and nevertheless, the characters fate and their relationship are so catchy that it is impossible to break away. After all, this is still a rarity, when two friends meet such loyalty and affection for each other, when they cherish common dreams about the future. This story is about the family responsibility,  taking responsibility for those “whom we have tamed”.  And on the difficult choice that could put lives. The story about the fact that our world is not black and white, but there are people and mice. 

The characters came to the story homeless and exhausted. They initially have the dramatic fate. A tragic outcome, which will wait in the final, in actual fact, was already predestined. The reader sees that with the naked eye. The harbinger of this is a dead mouse, which Lenny keeps in his pocket. Manslaughter more than once will appear in the story. But will the killing as a deliverance from suffering (the dog Stumpy). And, of course, the apotheosis of the book is George’s act. But it will not just murder. This rescue attempt. The act of self-denial, the recognition that there will be no happiness. At the same time, it is the highest manifestation of love that can take a terrible responsibility.

Love and Responsibility

The love and responsibility are here not just empty words. George and Lennie are connected with each other with the purely human love and devotion. It is clear seen from the text that they are not relatives, and George is not obliged to be responsible for the unlucky Lenny. But their love is based on Christian values. And we are talking not about loneliness, which so scares other  barracks inhabitants. The point is in the ability to feel love and pity for the man. That feature makes us different from mice. And the fairy tale about the future in their ranch, which George tells Lennie is a simple lie. Probably we will go against general opinion and say that this book is not about dreams destruction. It is about a high “Love” one person to another. 

Story’s Discrepancies

Honestly saying there are bunch of inconsistencies which Steinbeck generously scattered throughout the text:

  • Lenny, big and strong, but, in fact, the perfect child;
  • Lenny’s remarkable strength and love for soft fluffy baby animals;
  • The woman’s presence (Сurley’s wife) and totally masculine world of ranch;
  • Stub, who is so tied to his old dog, but still allows to shoot it.

A small, but SO strong story.

Completely another story about little men, which disinterested friendship, wealth and poverty, the racism subject and attitudes toward mentally handicapped people. And, of course, about the dream, the light, and pipe. Everyone has a dream, it warms the soul in a difficult time and forces to live. The amazing book! So many feelings, emotions, thoughts, it is difficult to take a breath. It does not let go for a second, and you gulp page by page. This is the story of wealth and poverty, but first and foremost about the dream ... Unfortunately, which did not come true.

And what a pity that our present live have nothing in differing with characters’ position. We also humpback from morning till night to feed our families,  dreaming, looking for better places in the life where we would be taken for what we are, without condemnation. We are hoping to find at least someone who can be trusted, but just to talk heart to heart. And the story end just broke at all. How much courage need  the person to decide on that? How deep need to be tied to the man to do so? And, what is the most importantly, how to live with it hereafter? It is unimaginable…

Do you have a dream? Is something like that, what do you want with all your heart? You think about it constantly, aiming for its execution? Then this book is for you. This book is worth to be read! And always keep dreaming, because there is no reason to live for without hope and something to believe in...The story is about a dream. About its creating and falling to the ground. To learn how to create those dreams, and how they crumble. The fact that even in the most critical situation the person is open to the dreams, and it warms person’s heart. The book opens something new in everybody, something that they even did not know about themselves. And more, the story has absolutely incredible end which no one expects...

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