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What are the themes in Of Mice and Men? Show more Show less

John Steinbeck's timeless novel, Of Mice and Men, is a piece of literature that many teens encounter in high school. It explores the story of two migrant workers during the Great Depression. What are the central themes of the novel?

Of Mice and Men is about death Show more Show less

Death is a key part of the story from the beginning of the book. Death and violence affects every character.
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The death of Curley's wife

The death of Curley's wife comes as a tragic result of Lennie's ignorance of his strength. The reactions to her death start a manhunt against Lennie.
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The death of Curley's wife sets off a chain reaction for the events that close out "Of Mice and Men". After Curley finds out that his wife has died, he becomes determined to kill Lennie gruesomely for revenge. This adds extreme tension to the story. While the initial reaction to her death is a manhunt led by Curley, her death eventually leads to Lennie's death at the hands of George. Her death also is a reminder of the incredible strength Lennie held and how incapable he was at managing it.

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[P1] The death of Curley's wife leads to a manhunt that places in danger. [P2] The death serves as a reminder of the incredible strength Lennie had and shows how he (tragically) misused it. [P3] The manhunt ultimately results in the death of Lennie.

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