The author of the book is John Steinbeck and Kevin Hinkle. The book was published in 1937. The novel tells us about George Milton and Lennie Small, two ranch workers. They travel together during the Great Depression in California for different job opportunities.
There are many different themes in the book such as: the American dream, independence, loneliness, companionship, racism and mental disability. During the entire novel Steinbeck talks about the character’s dreams. For instance George would like to own his own house and would like to work for himself so his dream is to be independent. Whilst Curley’s wife would like to be an actor to fulfill her desire for fame which she lost when she married Curley.
One common thing between the characters is that they are all lonely in some way. For example, Candy is lonely after his dog is killed, Curley’s wife is lonely because Curley isn’t the partner she expected him to be and to get rid of the loneliness she flirts with the guys on the ranch. Whilst Crooks is segregated from the other ranchers because of his skin colour. On the ranch George and Lennie are the only ones that aren’t really lonely because they have each other.
Good book with interesting and varied themes 4/5.