Everybody has their own version of the American dream, George and Lennie for instance had a simple dream: “Someday–we’re gonna get the jack (money) together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres (fields) an’a cow and some pigs.” Lennie shouted. “An’ have rabbits.” When I was 10 years old, the only dream I had was to become a fashion designer but I can’t continue dreaming my American dream when my father is standing in the way. Just like George killed Lennie and his dreams to save him from the harshness of the world, my father erased my dream before I could finish drawing it. My father disapproves the idea of me becoming a fashion designer instead he prefers me to become a physician because he’s a doctor. I know that my father is just trying to look out for me but the thought of someone choosing my destiny makes me feel insecure about myself. George never relied on Lennie to make decisions, did he? well to be honest my father never did either.
Of mice and men is a book full of amusement, this book fits the requirements for the historical fiction and tragedy genre. Reading this book is uncomplicated, it only consists of one hundred four pages that will take you on an astonishing adventure. John Steinbeck was an American writer who wrote twenty-five books including Of mice and men, which was published in 1939. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.Anyone has the right to dream, no one can stop you from doing that, but will I ever have the chance to accomplish my dream?
Guys like us are the loneliest men in the world. George Milton and Lennie Small are best friends on a road trip, but this isn’t that fun kind of road trip with insane adventures. George is described as physically small with very sharp features, an opposite to Lennie. Meanwhile, Lennie is big, strong, has a “shapeless” face and most importantly mentally handicapped. George and Lennie spend the night by the Salinas River talking about their dreams for the future (buy a farm, have chickens, cows and a little stove), before they head to their new job in the morning. You must be wondering what happened to their old job, well they had to escape from there after the trouble that Lennie caused. Lennie has a habit of petting soft things, George finds a dead mouse in Lennie’s pocket and reminds him of the trouble he got into in Weed. Lennie was accused of rapping a girl but the truth is he never did that instead Lennie was just touching the girl’s soft dress.
The boss of the new ranch gets suspicious when George does all the talking, not only that but George lies and says Lennie and him are cousins. Despite the error that has been made, they get the job. Candy, the old, one armed swamper shows them around. He shows George and Lennie the bunkhouse, where they will sleep and tells them about the boss’s son, Curley, whose wife lives with him in the boss’s house. Unexpectedly, they meet Curley’s wife and learn that she loves seeking men’s attention.
It was Saturday night when the men went to town for a bit of fun while Lennie was left behind. He ends up talking to Crooks (African American), his room is connected to the barn. Then Candy joins their conversation and talks to Lennie about their plan to buy a farm. It seemed like not only George and Lennie had the dream of owning a farm. Candy has offered George a solid amount of money to which he earned before he lost his hand in order to purchase a farm with them. Crooks hears about their plan and provides his aid but that changes as Curley’s wife interrupts them and mentions how they are all lowly rejects who have been left behind by other men.
Lennie plays too harshly with one of Slim’s puppies and accidentally kills it just like the mice. Just when he was trying to figure out what to do, Curley’s wife comes into the barn and begins talking to him about her past. The discussion uncovers that she doesn’t like her husband Curley and that she married him against her will. Lennie finally speaks and confesses about his obsession to petting soft things so she allows him to touch her hair. The more she struggles, the tighter his grip becomes. Lennie has broken her neck and the only thing that can pop on his mind is, will george give him hell?
Nothing lasts forever! this is the unpleasant truth about life. A grip from Lennies’ hands can end everything as well as living life and having no plans, planned for the future. Although nothing lasts forever but individuals who cautiously plan for the future have a better chance making something last longer unlike those who don’t. Life has taught us countless lessons yet we never learn from our mistakes. Did Lennie learn from his mistakes? no he didn’t, Lennie kept clutching tighter and tighter on his mistakes until he had to pay for it. Mistakes are allowed to be done as long as you learn from them, at the end we are all humans. I myself have repeated the same mistake once, twice and trice but then I started learning from them gradually. Keep in mind! before moving on with life be sure to have firm plans, planned for the future.
As I mentioned before, Of mice and men is a book that is breathtaking and unique but everything has flaws, a couple of the occurances in the book were unexplainable. Sometimes inappropriate phrases and words were used. This book can be suitable for anyone to read because the themes in the book continue to be considered relevant to today’s society. John Steinbeck wrote a book in 1939 that reviews about the reality of life back in The Great Depression, presenting to you Of mice and men a book that will leave you tear-jerking. After reading this book I felt a lump in my throat, I tried resisting it but I failed. At that moment, I thought about how unfair life can be sometimes.
Life hasn’t changed since the 1930’s, in fact it has gotten more spoiled. I enjoyed reading this book overall but what I really like and will never forget is how George killed Lennie so that he can save him from the harshness of the world. George knew that Lennie wouldn’t make it if he lived any longer. The only thing I would change about this startling story is the ending where George could have killed himself after he killed Lennie because George wouldn’t make it either without company on his road trip.