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Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Mr. Gs English 9 Honors
John Steinbeck Born and raised in Salinas area, the setting of this and other stories. Attended Stanford, left to find work. Did some work on a company owned farm. Moved to NYC to work in journalism – fired because he was too subjective.
The Salinas Valley Salinas Valley still called The Lettuce Belt. Soledad home to large farms to this day…as well as a prison. Monterey once housed a tremendous fish canning industry, setting for Cannery Row (now a tourist zone).
Events in History at the time of the story. The Great Depression: over 30% of US workers unemployed. The Dust Bowl: Midwest US ravaged by dust storms, farms destroyed. Most farms owned by large companies,staffed with seasonal, migrant farm workers…sound familiar?
Life of a bindlestiff Migrant workers carried beds and belongings in a bundle. Most Hispanic, Asian. OM&M focus is on white worker. Average wage about $2.50/day, or about $600/year. Workers lived in bunkhouses. Most lived job-to-job, many spending earnings on bars and brothels instead of saving.
Women in Depression era camps Treated as property, little freedom Confined to domesticity Roles changing Right to vote comes, so does opportunity
Mentally Disabled No tolerance. General public frightened. Marriage disallowed; segregation and sterilization common (a practice later adopted by Hitler). Rights not granted until 1975, 1990, and Lennie an exception due to Georges presence.
Racial Tension and Vigilante Justice Segregation was still a function of life in California. Racially motivated lynching common. Mob violence high, vigilante groups common.
Sources Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford, worked on ranches and farms. Robert Burns poem To a Mouse. The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men Gang aft agley,o'anGangaft Structure Play format: 3 acts of two chapters Objective tone – like a newspaper Takes place across three days
Themes Idealism vs Reality Alienation, lonliness, and poverty Race and Racism Class conflict Mental Disability Loyalty Friendship