Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book is not boring even though it revolves around the Great Depression. Steinback has weaved in so much in this short novella.
The book is about a man called George and his childlike, kind-hearted friend Lennie. They find work in a ranch after being on the run from their old job because Lennie got them in deep trouble.
In the bleak economic outlook of the Great Depression, during which the novel was written and set, coming to terms with dreams broken by out-of-control economic forces became a reality nearly everyone in America faced. Crooks points out everyone’s broken plans when he says, “Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their head.” The book also shows us that for the poor migrant workers during the Depression, the American Dream became an illusion and a trap.
Lennie and George also portray bromance in the book – alright for the literature term, let’s call it male friendship. Isn’t it adorable somewhere George tells Lennie, “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
We also see how Steinbeck feels about racism and sexism. We have two different visions of women in Of Mice and Men – the male character’s view of women, which is of dismissing them as dangerous sexual temptresses, and the novel’s view of women.
So basically, the book packs so much – racism, sexism, Great Depression, broken dreams and bromance in so little time. A very quick classic, I must say. I hope you all enjoy it.