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Of Mice and Men Introduction

Background on Steinbeck and the 1930s

Allison LaVerne

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Introduction

Finally A little preview... Who was he? John Steinbeck Born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902.
His mother was a schoolteacher, and fostered his love of reading.
He attended Stanford University in California, but didn't complete his degree.
While working various jobs, Steinbeck wrote several short stories, and began writing his first novel, "Cup of Gold" (1929). Honored Author In 1937, Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men," a story about the friendship of two migrant workers.
In 1940, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his best known work, "The Grapes of Wrath," a novel about the migration of the "Okies" from the Dust Bowl region of the Great Plains to California during the Great Depression.
This epic is considered one of the best fictional portrayals of the American Depression. The Dust Bowl Dust storm led 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. America in the 1930s The October 1929 Stock Market Crash resulted in high unemployment and poverty. Racial tensions increased, and the US saw emigration (migrate from one area to another) for the first time.

The Great Depression began to rip apart the American Dream so many sought out. Of Mice and Men Based on Steinbeck's personal experiences.
Listed on "Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century"
due to vulgar, offensive, and racial language.
Character's survive on hopes of reaching the 'American Dream.'
Story of two migrant workers; George Milton and Lennie Small.
Lennie is intellectually disabled. This brings up many ethical questions throughout the novel.
Set in the 1930s.
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