Of Mice and Men - Gcse


The book ‘Of Mice And Men’ is a story of two friends looking for work. It was written in 1987 by John Steinbeck, at a time when America was going through a recession. A few years before, in 1929, the American stock market crashed and caused a severe economic depression that lasted for over a decade and became known as the "Great Depression."
The main characters George and Lennie have travelled to Salinas Village to start work in a ranch. There they met several other men who had left their friends and family to work as ranch work was the only option available to them. Because work was not guaranteed or regulated as it is now, men could easily lose their jobs and had to try in different ranches which made it hard for them to form relationships or keep friendships.

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George and Lennie travelled to Solidad looking for work, they had to leave there old job due to an incident involving Lennie and while trying to get to the new ranch they talked about getting their own place and having a farm with lots of rabbits. Lennie is mentally impaired and George looks after him; they feel special because they have each other to look after while other ranch workers are all alone. George says: “Guy’s like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place." but then he adds: "with us It ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us." They go and see the boss and he is surprised about their friendship and he comments "well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble over another guy, I just like to learn what your interest is."

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The first person Lennie and George met was Candy. Candy is lonely because no-one wants to talk to him and he never does anything with the other men because he only has one hand but he tries to do a lot of stuff around the farm with one hand.
Candy has no friends on the ranch because in his experience men on...