Of Mice and Men Quotes by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck in the Schools
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck based the novella on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a teenager in the s before the arrival of the Okies that he would describe in The Grapes of Wrath. While it is a book taught in many schools,  Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for vulgarity, and what some consider offensive, ableist and racist language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association 's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century. Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression—George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a bulky, strong man but mentally disabled —are in Soledad on their way to another part of California. They hope to one day attain the dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream is merely to tend and pet rabbits on the farm, as he loves touching soft animals, although he always kills them. This dream is one of Lennie's favorite stories, which George constantly retells.
river. For a moment the place was lifeless, and then two men emerged from the path and came into the opening by the green pool. They had walked in single file .
how to stay pure in an impure world
In both books the authors focus on the natural dependence human beings have on each other. Of particular importance is the. And, as in all of Steinbeck's Califomia fiction, setting plays a central role in determining the major themes of this work. The fact that the setting for OfMice and Men is a Califomia valley dictates, according to the symbolism of Steinbeck's landscapes, that this story will take place in a fallen. They travel together to Soledad, looking for jobs to make money and achieve their dream of owning their own piece of land.
There was little work, no money so everyone was depressed. There is a place called Soledad a few miles south is the Salinas River, where we are introduced to George and Lennie. George and Lennie are itinerant workers which move from ranch to ranch searching for work. At the ranch they receive a bed which is situated in a bunkhouse and they are given basic food. The story opens with the positive scene of a beautiful river bank and all the nature that surrounds, "golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains". Then in the …show more content….
Toggle navigation. They have work cards indicating that there are jobs available at a nearby ranch, but they decide to stop and sleep in the woods for the evening. As they walk and talk, it becomes clear that George is in charge because something is wrong with Lennie. He doesn't behave the way most grown men behave. First, he imitates George quite often. Later, George finds him petting a dead mouse in his pocket, and when George throws it into the bushes, Lennie cries.