Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who dream of owning their own ranch. George and Lennie work in the town of Weed but they have to leave because Lennie, who is obsessed with soft things, gets into trouble. After being chased out from Weed, they plan to work in another town in order to earn money. Because Lennie is mentally held back, George ordered him not to talk when they arrive at the ranch. George and Lennie get another job at a farm in the town of Soledad. They get along with the other workers, but they didn't get along with Curley, the boss' son. Curley has a promiscuous wife who always tries to get other worker's attention. At the ranch, Lennie gets a puppy from Slim which he ends up killing. At the end of the book, Lennie killed Curley's wife by accident, and he goes to hide in the bush after realizing that he had done a bad thing. The other workers are angry at Lennie for killing Curley's wife and they say that they would kill Lennie if they find him. George also goes to look for Lennie by himself. When George finds Lennie, he kills him because he doesn't want the other workers to kill him. George kills Lennie so he doesn't have to suffer.

What I like about his book is it's interesting plot. I also like the author's use of the dialect of migrant workers, which makes the book alive. I really enjoyed reading this book, although, I wish the ending was more detailed.

What can we learn form reading this book?

From reading this book we can learn that everyone needs a friend or a person they can talk to. We can also learn that loneliness can change people's behaviors.

Essential Questions:

Why are dreams important to live successful and fulfilling lives?
Dreams are important to live a successful life because it keeps people motivated. If a person have a dream that they want to achieve, they are more likely to work hard to fulfill it. When they achieve their dream, they would live a more successful life.

How important is it for human beings to have a place where they belong?
In my opinion it's very important for people to have a place where they belong so they could live a happier and better life. People also need someone who cares about them such as friends or family.

What constitutes a genuine friendship?
What constitutes a genuine friendship is trustworthiness, honesty, and respect.

Does our current society encourage or discourage loneliness or isolation?

I think our current society discourage isolation. For example, at school, we often do group works. But at the same time, we are also encouraged to be independent.