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In John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men setting plays an essential role in establishing the major themes of this work The major setting in the novel is the Salinas River The major themes of the novel are commitment irony and friendship At least one example of each theme in Of Mice and Men is portrayed at the Salinas River The first theme commitment is established mainly by the Salinas River George says several times throughout the novel how much better his life would be if he didnt have to take care of Lennie When I think of the swell time I could have without you I go nuts I never get no peace 13 When Lennie offers to go into the hills and hide George replies I want you to stay with me George would be as lost without Lennie as Lennie would be without George The Salinas River is portrayed as a safe place This leads to the second theme irony Lennie sees the river as a safe place because George tells him to return there and hide in the bushes if he ever gets in trouble Lennie-if you jus happen to get in trouble like you always done before I want you to come right here an hide in the brush It is ironic that the place where Lennie feels safe is the place where he dies The final theme friendship is portrayed through the actions George takes in the end of the novel to protect Lennie When George kills Lennie by the river he is protecting Lennies dignity because Lennie would have surely suffered a horrific death if it was left to Curly and Carlson In the novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck uses setting to establish and portray the major themes of this work commitment irony and violence If the setting had not been used in such as effective way the
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