Of mice and men is a book written by John Steinbeck. He lived during the early 1900s in California, and therefore his books often were about the people during the Great Depression in America that took place at this time. This is a realilstic fictional book. By the descriptions, you can really get a picture of what it looked like and how the situation was in the US in the 1930s. During the great depression, factories got bankrupt, people got unemployed and the economy crashed in cities all over the world. Of mice and men is a really realistic book, that’s why it contains racism, sexism and discrimination that was during the early 1900s. The author wrote the lines exactly how they spoke. The men in the book were uneducated and didn’t speak properly. Instead of writing: “I should not have done that”, the author wrote: “I shouldn’t of did that.” The book has 104 pages and has an easy language.
George Milton and Lennie Small are best friends. George is short, skinny and really clever, and Lennie is the opposite. Lennie is mentally handicapped and strong as a bull. George have to take care of Lennie because he don’t know what is wrong or right. He is really strong and he doesn’t know his own strength. That often causes a lot of problem for them. They live in California during the early 1900s. They don’t own anything. Their dream is to have their own farm with crops, cows, chickens, pigs, and of course rabbits. After traveling between different farms in the state, they become employed at a ranch. George tell Lennie not to say anything the first days at the ranch and if he caused problem, he should run to the river and hide in the bushes. “He ain’t bright. Hell of a good worker, though. Hell of a nice fella, but he ain’t bright.” George says to the boss when they first met. Lennie gets threatened by Curley, the boss’s son. Curley is the only man at the ranch who is married and his wife sneaks around at the ranch. In the end of the month they get paid. George go to town to have fun, but Lennie needs to stay home. He talks to Crooks, the only black man at the ranch. He has his own room in the barn, far away from the other men. Crooks make Lennie think in another way. If George never comes back from town, what would Lennie do then? Everything is going great, until Lennie accidentally kills his puppy and breaks the neck of Curley’s wife, and him and George have to flee.
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This really realistic book made me understand how people actually lived like only 100 years ago. They had a lot of dreams. The American dream at that time was to own a farm and have a wife and animals. Today the American dream is to move to Hollywood and become a singer or an actor. The book had racism and sexism it was during the early 1900s. Some still exists in the world today. In the book, the black man Crooks, lived alone in the barn, while the other men slept in the same room. He said he didn’t have anyone to talk to, because no one wanted to talk to the black men. He wasn’t even allowed to work. In some countries, this kind of racism still exists. There are a lot of sexism in the world. Women are seen like objects and they should look and act in a certain way. This really came up in the book by the descriptions of Curley’s wife. She had blonde, curly hair, a red dress and red lipstick. Many people, especially men, don’t understand that women are people as well as men. Also, George are discriminating Lennie for being mentally handicapped. That is nothing Lennie can help, but George are really rude against Lennie. He doesn’t allow Lennie to talk because he often causes trouble. Loneliness occurred many times in the book. That is something I can agree with. Every person feels lonely sometimes, even though everyone has someone how cares about you.
I think this was a really good book. I like that it was many different problems and happenings throughout the book. Most of the books only have one problem that dissolves in the end. The book even described the small details in their life to make it more realistic. I recommend this book because you really get a picture of how some people had it during the great depression. I thought Lennie and George were amazing characters with great personalities. How the author wrote their lines made the book more interesting to read because you could almost hear their voices. At the beginning of each chapter, there were a lot of descriptions that I personally think was boring to read. I’m not satisfied with the sorrowful ending. Good books should have good endings in my opinion. My favorite part of the book was when Lennie killed Curley’s wife. I liked that the book got more excited and more interesting to read. This part was really unexpected and left me shocked.
I recommend this book to people who like to read realistic books from an everyday life, to people who like history, and to those who want to read an entertainment book from a famous author. I give this book a 4 out of 5 because the book was extremely good but some parts felt unnecessary and boring to read.
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