Of Mice and Men | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mark Spilka

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Of Mice and Men.
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Critical Essay by Mark Spilka

A minor classic of proletarian conflict, Of Mice and Men was written in 1937, first as a novel, then as a play….

The sycamore grove by the Salinas River, so lovingly described in the opening lines, is more than scene-setting: it is an attempt to evoke the sense of freedom in nature which, for a moment only, the protagonists will enjoy. By a path worn hard by boys and hobos two migrant laborers appear. The first man is mouse-like…. He is the planner from the poem by Robert Burns: as with other mice and men, his best arrangements will often go astray. (p. 170)

The nearest town is Soledad, which means "lonely place" in Spanish; the town where they last worked, digging a cesspool, was Weed. Their friendship is thus quickly placed as a creative defense against rank loneliness; it...

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