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Of Life and Men A study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Abstract : This is a study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Its major influences, two of the cornerstones of western civilization - the Bible and the Arthurian legends - are analyzed, for these works shape the progressive aspect of the novel. The theme of the quest is thus developed through different genres and theories such as the formative novel or Bildungsroman, initiation rites and sacrificial patterns, among others. These theories are applied to the story along with an analysis of the characters and their role in the hero's initiation. Eventually, the end is the object of a close study, for its violence and the impression of fated existence it gives to the reader has given the book the reputation of a strongly pessimistic novel. Utopia and naturalism are tackled in this part in order to apprehend Steinbeck's critical vision of the society his characters live in and the way out he offers to solve the problems of selection this evolved version of the American dream encounters. This solution will be developed in his following novel and perhaps his most achieved one, The Grapes of Wrath.
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Harmony Poirier. Of Life and Men A study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Literature. 2010. ⟨dumas-00710511⟩

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