Of Mice and Men Themes

Of Mice and Men key themes:

  • In Of Mice and Men, the workers’ idealism contrasts sharply with their reality; their dreams of better things are unrealistic, but necessary to their survival.

  • The ranch hands face alienation and marginalization that threaten friendship and economic security.

  • Class conflict in an unfeeling capitalist society ensures that the poorest stay poor and have little chance at upward mobility.

  • Innocence is a weakness as Lennie, benevolent and intellectually disabled, is provoked to violence that leads to his own death.

  • Racism and prejudice further isolate Crooks, the black stable hand, from the fragile community.


Idealism vs. Reality
Of Mice and Men tells the story of two simple men who try to escape homelessness, economic...

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