John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men" revolves around three thematic meanings: the elusive nature of the American dream, the idealized friendships between men and the cruelly dispassionate nature of life. The tale of George and Lennie shows the best and worst of human nature, and both of these men exhibit the depths and heights to which humanity can extend.Know More
The ultimate cruelty of human life is an important theme in "Of Mice and Men." Just about all of the people in the book are profoundly lonely and isolated, and each of them wants a friend but will settle for talking to a stranger. Even when their isolation weakens them, many of them try to destroy those who are even weaker than themselves, as when Crooks focuses on Lennie's flaws or when Curley's wife threatens to get a lynching mob after Crooks.
One reason why the tragedy of George and Lennie's story runs so deeply is that it is clear they have lost a wonderful dream. They plan on living on a farm together, but that plan is not an easily attainable dream, especially for migrant workers. Even the sort of friendship they envision is not possible to sustain.Learn more about Classics
The theme of the short story "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck is the inequality between men and women and the desire for sexual fulfillment. The story was published in a collection of Steinbeck's short stories titled "The Long Valley", released in 1938.Full Answer >
In Chapter 1 of the John Steinbeck novel "Of Mice and Men," George Milton complains to Lennie Small about the predicaments they encounter when Lennie acts on his desire to pet soft things. This complaint occurs when George takes away the dead mouse Lennie has been keeping in his pocket.Full Answer >
One example of foreshadowing in "Of Mice and Men" is in the beginning, when Lennie is holding and stroking a dead mouse. This scene is foreshadowing the climatic event near the end of the novel, when Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife. "Of Mice and Men" is full of foreshadowing of this event.Full Answer >
The full text of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is found on many schools' websites, such as the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. Schools that use the book in their literature curriculum may post the text online as a PDF.Full Answer >