Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Published in 1937
1. About the Author: John Steinbeck His books are set in California and deal with problems of working people. Characters in his books are immigrants from Mexico or from other parts of the U.S. who went to CA looking for work or a better life (The American Dream). Born in Salinas, California 1902-1968
Setting: 1930s THE GREAT DEPRESSION THE Dust BowL
Black Sunday April 14, 1935. The dust storm that turned day into night. Many believed the world was coming to an end.
3. Migrant Farm Workers farm worker/Harvester= someone who gathers a crop farm worker/Harvester= someone who gathers a crop People, especially men, traveled the countryside harvesting crops. People, especially men, traveled the countryside harvesting crops. The main characters, George and Lennie, are migrant farm workers. The main characters, George and Lennie, are migrant farm workers.
Themes: Loss of American Dream The American Dream= people that come to America in search of a better life. Seemed impossible with no money and no jobs Sense of hopelessness and paralysis Friendship and Loneliness George and Lennie Curly and his wife Candy and the dog In a world of migrant workers, there is no home and no stability – how does this affect people?
More Themes: Treatment of the Outsider Objectification of Women Treatment of African- Americans Treatment of the Mentally Ill Treatment of the Elderly Weakness and Violence – Man in the Natural World What happens to those who are weak? What is justice?
Just for Fun Megadeth has a song called “Of Mice and Men” on their “The system has failed” album.