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84. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)
Dates: 7/16/20 – 7/17/20 (1 day)
Plot: The story of two migrant ranch workers with no one but each other.
Experience Before Reading: I had to read it in high school 8 years ago. (Woah, sudden realization that I’m old…)
Takeaway: I’m actually very lost on this one. The first time I read it as a teenager, I felt very sorry for Lennie. Today, I don’t know how I feel. My perspective of disabilities has changed. As a child, I felt sorry mentally disabled people were unable to see the world in the way most people do. Today, I realize that disability doesn’t equal inferiority.
That being said, Steinbeck complicates the matter by writing Lennie in some unflattering, yet sympathetic ways. The nuances made me uncomfortable, which maybe is the point Steinbeck was trying to make. I struggled to figure out what I really felt.
There’s an overwhelming aura of hopelessness with all of these characters which makes it tough to read. Although they do all have dreams and ambitions. I’m not sure if that makes it a happier or sadder story.
Regardless, I’m left torn with every piece of this novella. I’d love to hear other thoughts – have you read this book? Let’s chat about it. I’m open to other interpretations and ideas.
Would I Recommend It?: Maybe. It seems like it’s a story most people know.