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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

An introduction to the man and the novel
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philip shaw

on 5 October 2015

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Biography/Background
1902-1968
Nobel Prize for Literature-1962
Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath
Of Mice and Men 1937
Born in Salinas
Spent summers working on ranches
Migrant workers
WW II War correspondant
Visited Soviet Union
Of Mice and Men-part of a series of California novels set in The Great Depression 1929-1933
The Grapes of Wrath and In Dubious Battle
Negative aspects of capitalism
Sympathy for the plight of workers
Obscene
Misrepresented conditions
League of American Writers
Arthur Miller
Government harassment
J.Edgar Hoover
The "California novels"
Backlash
The Novel
Setting
Gabilan Mountains
Salinas River
Themes
Loneliness
Dreams and
Fate and
plans
necessity
forces
Fight
Succumb
Solutions
Independence
Shared
A need
Reality
Destiny
Issues
A novel of protest?
The working man
victims of society
realistic?
an old handicapped man
a black cripple
a woman with no name
a simpleton
a practical realist
a brutal man
an aggressive bully
a dignified master carftsman
Structure
Six sections
real time
chronological
Thursday evening - Sunday afternoon
simplicity
Narrative style
Descriptive writing
nature imagery
We learn a great deal about the characters
dialogue
interlude
light
sound and vision
characterisation
thought and
feelings
colloquial
language
Characters
George
quick-witted
a good judge of other people's characters
responsible
moral
compassionate
Lennie
a child's mind
in a man's body
a "nice fella"
innocent
animal
cunning
a victim
a symbol
Slim
noble and honest
trustworthy
represents authority
Candy
menial cleaner
pathetic
gossip
Crooks
partial cripple
African-American
a cynic
proud
stable buck
Curley
spoilt
restless
aggressive
cruel and insensitive
hypocrite
Curley's Wife
a "tart"
lonely
sexuality as a weapon
Carlson
insensitve and cruel
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