Literary Criticism Of Mice And Men Essay

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Lucas Long

Ms. Dyrdal

Honors English 10-Literary Criticism Of Mice and Men CSA

February 13, 2016

The Will to Achieve

Why do people constantly reach for things that are unobtainable? This constant struggle toward achievement is so blatantly personified in John Steinbeck 's famous novella Of Mice and Men that the reader cannot help but sympathize for those who dire efforts in the direction of accomplishment are in vain. The two most iconic characters, George and Lennie, are not a typical dynamic seen in the setting of this work. Perhaps the most prominent reason as to why is their immense loyalty to each other. While there is an obvious theme of the unattainable "American Eden" (or the impossibility of the good life because of human flaws) in the novel, the other, more optimistic themes of companionship, hope, and vigor makes the novel an optimistic one as a whole.

The unbreakable bond and allegiance that George and Lennie share for each other bears a strong sense of commitment that is noticed by a majority of the other characters in the book. Throughout the narrative Steinbeck portrays George and Lennie as unique in comparison to everyone else. According to Louis Owens in his article "The Dream of Commitment," "George and Lennie stand out sharply because they have each other or, as George says, 'We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. ' Cain 's question is the question again at the heart of this novel: 'Am I my brother 's keeper? ' And the answer…

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