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What inspired John Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men? Was it an experience he went...

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ignacio | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2009 at 3:52 AM via web

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What inspired John Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men? Was it an experience he went through?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Steinbeck as well educated and came from an affluent family. He had a burning ambition to write and he travelled through California working on ranches as George and Lennie did. Steinbeck was largely cataloguing the lifestyle of the people living the itinerant lifestyle that the ranchers had, whilst demonstrating the loneliness and isolation of such an existence. He was aware of the huge social and economic difficulties that these people faced, and also how their way of life was being eroded by the increase in mechanisation of farm work.

The novel is set in Salinas, California which is where Steinbeck was from. Using this setting was a regular feature in his writing and gave his novels a realistic feel.

Steinbeck was therefore inspired by his own experiences and through the stories of real people that he met. The characters in the novel are probably amalgamations of various people he encountered.

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whs2015 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Answer #2)

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Kiwi summarizes exactly what you need to know. His answer was very helpful to me in my search for a satisfying answer to this question. Thank you.

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