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Social criticism in John Steinbecks Of mice and men
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

John Steinbeck has written novels such as The Grapes of Wrath which criticize society during the great depression. My aim in this article is to show how Of Mice and Men does this too. Of Mice and Men is a story about two itinerant farm workers, George with his nimble wits and Lennie with his huge physique and retarded nature. In the novel we find many other characters such as Crooks, a crippled, black man; and Candy, and old man beset by physical disabilities, loneliness, and rejection who lives with his dog which is also old. Most of the characters’ lives are associated with some kind of social problem, and they are all victims of loneliness. Although loneliness is not often seen as a social problem, in the society delineated in the novel, with itinerant ranch hands moving from one place to the other in order to find work people often got lonely, which means that loneliness is directly related to the characters’ social situation. The social problems represented in the novel, then, are racial prejudice, old age, the treatment of retarded people, and loneliness.

Abstract [en]

John Steinbeck has written novels such as The Grapes of Wrath which criticize society during the great depression. My aim in this article is to show how Of Mice and Men does this too. Of Mice and Men is a story about two itinerant farm workers, George with his nimble wits and Lennie with his huge physique and retarded nature. In the novel we find many other characters such as Crooks, a crippled, black man; and Candy, and old man beset by physical disabilities, loneliness, and rejection who lives with his dog which is also old. Most of the characters’ lives are associated with some kind of social problem, and they are all victims of loneliness. Although loneliness is not often seen as a social problem, in the society delineated in the novel, with itinerant ranch hands moving from one place to the other in order to find work people often got lonely, which means that loneliness is directly related to the characters’ social situation. The social problems represented in the novel, then, are racial prejudice, old age, the treatment of retarded people, and loneliness.

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2002. , 14 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53703Local ID: ENG C-14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53703DiVA: diva2:1102263
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