Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

Though a short novel, Of Mice and Men is one that everyone should read. Steinbeck’s strong moral viewpoint and incredible prose come together in a terrific novel.

 

The Good Of Mice and Men is succinct with a strong moral viewpoint. The migrant workers envision a society where they can have their basic needs fulfilled and work their own land. Their needs are simple, yet they cannot be consistently fulfilled because of their position at the very bottom of the social ladder. As with The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck here concerns himself with the well-being of the worst off Americans. While the basic economic and social system seems to be set against the migrant workers, the workers themselves envision a world where they can live together and share the fruits of the earth they till.

 

Steinbeck proves himself once again to be a master of unassuming, delicate language. He describes the Salinas Valley in such concrete, yet haunting words. The characters are so vividly real. Their dialogue is so natural and unassuming. The friendship between George and Lennie becomes so real in the text that the ending it simply heartbreaking. Steinbeck is simply a master crafter of the English language.

 

The Bad Some people might be put off by the sad ending. I do not consider it a drawback. In fact, it is the only coherent ending the novel could have had.

 

The Bottom Line Of Mice and Men is a novel that shouldn’t be missed.

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