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In the book Of Mice and Men, the story takes place next to what river?

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curtis1 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2009 at 2:37 AM via web

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In the book Of Mice and Men, the story takes place next to what river?

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chicagorilke23 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men takes place during the 1930s on a ranch in the Salinas Valley in California. The river that the story takes place along, is the Salinas river. The setting is enchanting with yellow sands and golden foothills. The setting gives the reader the idea that the Salinas Valley is a land of golden opportunity for Lennie and George. This is the very spot in which the reader first meets these two men.

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parsons4 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:18 AM (Answer #2)

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In the novel Of Mice and Men, the story takes place next to the Salinas River.  The river marks the beginning, as well as the end of the story.  It is important to understand that the river is a symbol of life.  At the beginning of the story, George and Lennie take refuge by the river bank, make plans for their future, and Lennie trustingly drinks from it, even though the water may be unsafe to drink.  At the end of the story, the river represents the end of life, as Lennie takes refuge by the river, trusting once again that he is in a safe place, but meets with his demise.

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