Monday, January 9, 2012
Great Novellas: Of Mice and Men
There are so many things we could learn from Lennie, such as accepting people without judgment and staying loyal to your friends. I love his scene with Crooks, the African-American of the group who has been completely shut out by everyone else. Crooks is the one who wisely delivers the most famous line: "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you." But Lennie has his problems, and we can't idolize him. I think Steinbeck sought to write honestly more than anything else, free from fairy tales and sugar-coating. It's hard, it's unfair, it's disappointing, and it's so very real.