JOHN STEINBECK Born on February 27, 1902 and died on December 20,1968 Born in Salinas, California Steinbeck was unable to find a job to provide for his family during the Great Depression which helped shape his writings He wrote many famous works such as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden Was an author of twenty- seven books
GENRE Of Mice and Men is an American Classic It was published in 1937 and the book takes place during the Great Depression
MAIN POINTS The book starts off when Lennie and George are resting by a pond in preparation to their newest job at a ranch Lennie is not completely there mentally and often times gets George and him into trouble George tells Lennie that if he gets them in trouble at their new job to come back to this pond and wait for him At the ranch they meet the owner’s son, Curley, and his wife Curley’s wife is not satisfied with their marriage and aspires to do bigger things in life Curley is a smaller man and often times wants to compensate for his size by starting fights with bigger men Curley starts a fight with Lennie, and Lennie accidentally breaks his hand Curley’s wife decides to take interest in Lennie because he broke her husband’s hand Curley’s wife tells Lennie that he can feel her hair. She then gets mad at Lennie for being too rough with it. Lennie gets scared and snaps her neck by accident Lennie runs away to the pond where George told him to hid if he ever does anything wrong Curley is infuriated that Lennie killed his wife and intends on making him pay a painful death George gets to Lennie first and kills him first painlessly so that he does not have to suffer
MAJOR THEMES One major theme of this book is depression. Mostly everyone on this ranch is very depressed and wishes that their life would have gone differently. They all aspire to do something happier with their lives Another major theme of this book is hope. When George and Lennie come to the ranch, they spread their plans of buying their own land and living off of it. This gets everyone’s hopes up that maybe their bleak life will get better.
QUOTES “I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads… Every damn on of’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of’em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plnety of book out here. Nobody never gets to heave, and nobody gets no land.” “Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want.” “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” “’S’pose they was a carnival or a circus come to town, or a ball game, or any damn thing.’ Old Candy nodded in appreciation of the idea. ‘We’d just go to her,’ George said. ‘We wouldn’t ask nobody if we could. Jus’ say, ‘we’ll go to her,’ an’ we would. Jus’ milk the cown and slice some grain to the chickens an’ go to her.’” “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.” “All kin’s a vegetables in the garden, and if we want a little whisky we can sell a few eggs or something, or some milk. We’d jus’ live there. We’d belong there.”
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