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Of Mice and Men Introduction

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Introduction

* Began with the 1929 Stock Market Crash

* Resulted in high unemployment and widespread poverty

*Racial tensions increased
John Steinbeck
American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner
Author of Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden
Won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
Born in Salinas, California
Worked with migrant workers
1930s Great Depression



F.D.R. instituted "New Deal" as Recovery Plan
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
Dust Bowl
Dust storms lead to agricultural devastation
Caused by drought and lack of crop rotation
Plowing had killed grass, so soil blew across the country to the Atlantic
Without land and crops, many became migrant workers
They traveled from farm to farm earning scarce wages
Of Mice and Men
Story of two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small in the 1930s
Listed on "Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century" due to vulgar, offensive, and racist language
Based on Steinbeck's personal experiences
Characters survive on hopes of the "American Dream"
Lennie is intellectually disabled. This brings up many ethical questions throughout the novel.
Came after WWI

* Ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American

* A life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.

* Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
So what is the American Dream?
Women

* The book presents a lack of respect for women

* Portrays women in a negative way
Journal and Share
What do you know about the great depression?

Do you know any relatives or grandparents that lived during this time period? Have they told you any stories?

What do you think it would be like to live during this time?
What is a migrant worker?
Who would be considered migrant workers in today's society?
Share with Your Group
What emotions does this picture strike in you?

What can you infer from this picture?

Write down three sentences from the woman's point of view. What is she thinking, what is she struggling with, what are her feelings at this time?





Reflect on Prior Knowledge: Class Review

When was WWI?

What was the focus of the war?

Who was involved?

How would WWI effect the writing of the time period? After the time period?
Do you know any people who are unemployed today?

How does high unemployment effect society?
Have your group write down 10 powerful adjectives to describe life during the Dust Bowl. Be prepared to share with the class. We will make a word cloud with everyone's words
Group Quick Writ
e
How do you feel about the choice of language used in this book? Do you think it will take away from the story? Will it make you uncomfortable??
Class Reflection
What is the American Dream today?

Time for a magazine collage. Cut out images that you believe fulfill the American Dream today? Write at least three sentences for every picture explaining your reasoning
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