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Of Mice and Men Background Information

Background for beginning Of Mice and Men

Alicia Drechsler

on 24 March 2011

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A novella written by John Steinbeck and published in 1937 Of Mice and Men The novella takes place on a farm after the Great Depression, where migrant workers George and Lennie have come to be farm hands George Milton: A quick witted man who is Lennie's best friend and guardian Lennie Small: A mentally disabled, but physically strong man who is George's constant companion Symbolism Words, place, character or objects that mean something beyond what they are on the literal level Whenever you see animals in the novel, pay close attention: they are the most used symbols Today, it's #4 on the American Library Association's list of most banned books of the 21st century Promotes Euthanasia Contains racial slurs Anti-business Profanity George and Lennie want to own a farm: it represents their American dream Foreshadowing Suggesting, hinting, indicating, or showing what will occur later in a narrative. Foreshadowing often provides hints about what will happen next. The major focus of the novel is the relationship between George and Lennie; pay attention to who they are as individuals, friends, and members of society What are some elements of these literary movements we might see in the novella? Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception" So, his works incorporate realism and regionalism Idiom: synonym for dialect; a construction or expression in one language that cannot be matched or directly translated word-for-word in another language "live off the fatta the land"
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