• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Steinbecks novels can all be classified as social novels dealing with the economic problems of rural labour in America in the 1920s and 30s. Around the time of publication of Of Mice and Men climate changes had turned large

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jayne Stupple 15/11/04 HOMEWORK OF MICE AND MEN John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas California. Steinbeck was one of the best-known novelist of the mid 20th century. His frequent topics were the plight of the misfits, (the character Lennie in the novel) the homeless and the migrant farm workers in a fast changing America. In his novel Of Mice and Men his personal knowledge of the farms and the migratory workers is evident. Of Mice and Men is set in the farmland of Salinas valley, where John Steinbeck grew up. His father owned land in the area and as a young man Steinbeck worked as a farm hand. The Ranch in the story is near Soledad a town near Salinas. The countryside described in the opening chapter of the book and the ranch itself would have been very familiar to John Steinbeck. Steinbecks novels can all be classified as social novels dealing with the economic problems of rural labour in America in the 1920s and 30s. ...read more.

Middle

The conversation with Candy concerning the lice infested mattress gives us the impression the bunk houses where used by many workhands passing through. Steinbeck would have encountered the racism that was evident around this time. The "nigger" is mentioned quite early in the novel when Candy tells George how One Christmas the boss gave them a whole gallon of whisky and that night they even let the "nigger in" During this period in America the blacks were treated badly. They would not have been allowed to share the same bunkhouse as the white workers. This is evident in the novel when we are introduced to Crooks. He has a bunk in the Stables among the harnesses. You get a sense of his unease when Lennie shows up one night and enters his room. "You got no right to come to my room, this here's my room, nobody got no right to be here but me" crooks says sharply. ...read more.

Conclusion

Curlys wife also in a sense had hopes of 'the American Dream' when she talks about how she 'coulda been in the movies and had nice clothes'. She also has dreams of making it and having a better life. The Title of the book Of Mice and Men comes from a poem by Robert Burns The best laid shemes o' mice and men Gang aft agley (often-go wrong) And leave us nought but grief and pain From promised joy This reflects the outcome of the story, George and Lennie have dreams and plans of a better life, but however hard they try things always go wrong. The first we encounter this is in the first chapter by the river. We learn why they had to leave their last job. Then in the closing chapter we return to the same spot at the river to see George kill Lennie. We see this as a merciful killing as George would not want Lennie to suffer at the hands of Curly and the other farmhands. With the killing of his friend and travelling companion their 'dream' dies with him. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Analysis of Loneliness in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

    After George tells Lennie instructions on what to do when they get to the ranch, George ponders how his life would be without Lennie. He "crossed his hands under his head". This gesture confirms that George is looking up at the sky thinking about something; in this case - life without the "trouble".

  2. Compare the Opening and Closing Scenes

    George is forced to shoot Lennie while Lennie is occupied with their shared dream of the farm, which is his favorite story and always soothes and comforts him. With the respect, love and responsibility towards Lennie, George has chosen the best option in the situation, and gives Lennie the best

  1. Of Mice and Men

    themselves and harvest what they sew with no one to take anything from them or give them orders. George and Lennie desperately cling to the notion that they are different from other workers who drift from ranch to ranch because, unlike the others, they have a future and each other.

  2. Explore the themes of loneliness and isolation in John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and ...

    We realise that Crooks has ambitions to be something else when he offers himself up to be part of Lennie and George's dream, he wants to be free from isolation and being degraded by everyone else and Lennie and George's dream of a ranch offers him some hope.

  1. Explore John Steinbeck's presentation in Of Mice and Men of the culture and experience ...

    paint had just been thrown onto the walls, almost like no true care had been put into the comfort of the ranch workers living quarters. Steinbeck refers to the room looking like a dank prison, 'in three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch.'

  2. Of Mice and Men

    Curley is the most obviously violent character, however, and whenever he appears there is a feeling of tension. He is described as pugnacious when we first meet him, and causes George to remark '...what the hell's he got on his shoulder.'

  1. Discuss the presentation of the American Dream in John Steinbeck's novella, "Of Mice and ...

    He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before." It is significant that George's voice becomes "deeper" and "rhythmical" in contrast to his usual colloquial harshness. The dream is spoken of in a comforting manner almost like that of when a bedtime story is read to a child which is perhaps fitting for Lennie.

  2. What does the novel 'Of mice and men' tell you about the way of ...

    Candy had an old dog but agreed to let Carlson kill it as all the ranch workers were complaining that it smelt, 'we can't sleep with him stinkin' around in here'. Candy is very attached to his dog which he'd had since it was a pup, and was the only thing he could really talk to.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work