What view of life on the ranch does Steinbeck present and develop in Of Mice and Men?

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John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, contains many different themes which help to present his view of life on the ranch.

Idealism versus Reality

This theme helps to define Steinbeck's view of life on the ranch based upon the motif of the American Dream. Some of the men on the ranch have submitted to the fact that their life is what it is. For example, Crooks' conversation with Lennie shows Crooks' grasp on reality.

They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head.


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