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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

  

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men Themes

Of Mice and Men Themes

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

(Click the themes infographic to download.) George and Lennie may dream a little dream of owning a farm, but they don't get very far with their to-do list before it all crumbles in heartbreaking fa...

Friendship

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Of Mice and Men is the equivalent of a bro hug: all sublimated emotion, gruff affection, and hearty back pats. George and Lennie don't text each other ele...

Isolation

(Click the themes infographic to download.)No man is an island… unless he's an itinerant worker during the Great Depression, and then he's about as lonely as you can get. But for all the talk abo...

Innocence

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Lennie's mental disability makes him into a child, with a child's innocence: he likes hanging out with George and petting soft things. Sounds like a great...

Freedom and Confinement

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Lennie and George are tied down by their need for money. Curley's wife is limited by being a woman. Crooks is stuck because of his race. Except when they'...

Justice

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Meet us at the OK Corral… and bring a gun, because you might end up having to shoot a dog. In Of Mice and Men, justice happens the cowboy way. The ranch...

Visions of America

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Of Mice and Men's America is filled with dreamers and strugglers, who all have a different idea of what life should be: Hollywood, a quiet ranch, the page...

Violence

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Of Mice and Men may be about men full of masculine bravado, and there may be some pretty shocking violence, but these guys also inflict psychological and...

Prejudice

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Which –ism are you interested in today? Take your pick: Of Mice and Men offers racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and (why not?) sizeism—and those who a...

Weakness

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Some weakness are obvious: Lennie is a few knives short of a cutlery drawer; Crooks is black and crippled; Curley is short; Curley's wife is, well, a woma...

Women and Femininity

(Click the themes infographic to download.)In Choose Your Own Woman: Of Mice and Men, you have two options: a prostitute, or Curley's wife. There's no such things as a nice girl to settle down with...

Man and the Natural World

(Click the themes infographic to download.)Like the ranch, the natural world is a dog-eat-dog place, where animal instincts trump any sense of justice or goodness and people accept cruelty as, well...

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