Describe at least ONE idea that was worth learning about in the texts. Explain why the idea was worth learning about in the texts as a whole.
In John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’, a key idea in the novel is the idea of the ‘American Dream.’ The novel is set during the 1930’s and in that time period there was the “Great Depression.” This event caused a huge economic crisis. Millions of people lost their jobs and headed west across the country, taking work where they could find it. The two main characters in the novel, George Milton and Lennie Small, are both workers who share a dream of owning their own piece of land.
Their dream is what drives the novel and gives the characters hope. They both believe that it is possible to escape their life of hardship and poverty. The reader is first introduced to the idea of George and Lennie’s dream, at the beginning of the novel. Shortly after the characters are introduced, Lennie asks George to ‘tell the dream again.’ The reader realizes that unlike the other workers in the same environment, Lennie and George have a goal; they save their money to buy a piece of land. This idea connects to a bigger idea in the story- that of the ‘American Dream’. America has always been a land of opportunity, the place where hard work is rewarded and dreams can come true-or so we are lead to believe.
In the opening pages of the novel, we learn about the friendship between George and Lennie. George looks after Lennie, much like a parent cares for a child. This is because Lennie is intellectually handicapped and is very dependent on George. George is a hard-bitten man; experienced to the ways of the world, whereas Lennie by contrast is an innocent. In spite of their differences, they are good friends bound together by their shared dream.
Later on in the novel, the reader is introduced to other characters such as Crooks, Candy and Curley’s wife; each of whom has their own particular dream. Crooks is the stable buck, who is trying...