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 chapters in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" are not traditionally numbered, and the page numbers vary between different publications of the book. However, in the Penguin edition, the first chapter begins on the first page and ends on page 16. The second chapter begins on page 17 and ends on page 37. The third chapter begins on page 38 and ends on page 65.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >
In the book "Of Mice and Men," George states that if he were a smart man, "I wouldn't be buckin' barley for my fifty and found." This means that he would be able to hold a job that pays more than $50 a month and free lodging.Full Answer >