”Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got not family. They don’t belong no place.”
George and Lennie have a plan – they’re going to work hard until they have enough money to own their own ranch and become their own bosses. Nowadays, such a feat isn’t impossible, but during the Great Depression, when this unlikely pair’s story takes place, it was a pipe dream.
Loneliness, poverty, dignity, sacrifice, and the American dream are all themes explored within this 1937 parable. From George’s caretaker relationship to the child-minded Lennie to the struggle of migrant ranch workers in this era of history, Of Mice and Men continues to offer a fresh perspective on what it means to be human, and survive.
A tragic coming-of-age story, Of Mice and Men has become a classic for its unique perspective, visual language, and historical context. Perfect for any classroom – from History to English – this novel engages the reader to travel back in time with George and Lennie, follow them from place to place as they search for new job opportunities to help support their dream.
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