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Through the Lens of Things: Three Dilemmas in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

Jingting Lan

Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian, China.

*Corresponding author: Jingting Lan

Published: July 3,2024


The famous book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck portrays the hardships of the American working class during the Great Depression. The things are the storytellers who keep the struggles for survival of the lower classes hidden. Steinbeck employed things to highlight the socioeconomic realities of the American Great Depression by bringing the readers back to earth after telling the great tale of the American dream and showing the disillusionment of the American ideal through the eyes of laborers. Things behave as actors in the narrative, affecting or determining the actions and outcomes of the characters while also expressing the American social class system, defining cultural identities, and denoting a person’s position in the universe. Thus, this paper explores the significance of things during the Great Depression, looks at the three dilemmas in Of Mice and Men from the perspective of things, and infers from things the melancholy of regular people.


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Through the Lens of Things: Three Dilemmas in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

How to cite this paper: Jingting Lan. (2024) Through the Lens of Things: Three Dilemmas in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science8(6), 1486-1489.