What does John Steinbeck have to say about friendship and loneliness in “Of Mice and Men” and how do cultural, social and historical issues affect this?

John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” was set in California during the early to mid 1930’s, a time of economic depression and high unemployment. It is a famous story about the harsh realities of life for the poor and unskilled workers who were disrupted by the Depression. Large numbers of migrant workers came to California … [Read more…]


“Friendship is a virtue, or involves virtue. Furthermore, it is most necessary for our life. For no one would choose to live without friends even if he had all the other goods.” (119) In his writing, Aristotle claims that without friendship it is merely impossible for one to live a complete and virtuous life. Friendship … [Read more…]

Friendship in Of Mice and Men

The relationship between Lennie and George Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences in the 1920s, the title … [Read more…]

Political and Friendship

“In his The Concept of the Political, Carl Schmitt uses the language of friendship and enmity to convey the essence of the political as apart from the economic, social, and religious aspects of life” ( Valk, ). Schmitt analyses the basic foundation or concept which are necessary elements of political. These elements are the key … [Read more…]

Knowing Who Your Friends Are

Picture this: you’re on your way to work when out of nowhere, a big rig plows into the side of your car, killing you instantly. Now, fast-forward a few days to your funeral. Who’s there? I don’t mean a head count, nor do I want a list of names, I mean who are the people … [Read more…]