What adversities are overcome by George and Lennie in the book Of Mice and Men?I am writing an essay for english and I have to incorperate the book Of Mice and Men in my answer. The question I...

What adversities are overcome by George and Lennie in the book Of Mice and Men?

I am writing an essay for english and I have to incorperate the book Of Mice and Men in my answer. The question I have been given for the essay is: "adversity often provides opportunities for developing character" I am having trouble finding the adversities that are over come though, because in the end George kills Lennie and their dream is ruined....

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With the setting as the Great Depression of the 1930s, George and Lennie of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men have overcome the hardship of being unemployed as they have procured work through Murray and Ready to whom the boss of the barley-ranch wrote for two hands. In addition, although they are bindle stiffs and among the dispossessed who must ride railroad cars and migrate from job to job, they are not alone as are most of the other iternant workers; they have the friendship and trust of one another.  Finally, until the tragic ending, George and Lennie share the hope of having a little farm of their own on which they can live on "the fat of the land" someday.  With this dream, they conquer the terrible alienation that men without homes encounter.  Thus, George and Lennie have overcome the adversities of poverty, alienation, and despair.

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