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When is "Of Mice and Men" set?
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Mice and Men, the great novel by John Steinbeck, takes place in the 1930's during The Great Depression. Knowing the exact setting for the novel is important to understand the journey Lennie and George go through. During the Depression, unemployment was at the highest it has ever been in the United States. Furthermore, with unemployment high and the demand for labor low, wages were also very low. That left many workers looking for any type of work, regardless of wage and benefits.
With Lennie and George looking for work and just to survive the Depression and continue to live their lives, their journey was told through the understanding of why the Great Depression was so important. Understanding what they, and the rest of the country, had to go through, is essential for any reader's comprehension for this American classic novel.
Posted by yamaguchityler on January 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM (Answer #4)
Most of "Of Mice and Men" takes place on and about a ranch in the Salinas Valley, near the town of Soledad, south of San Francisco. The story begins and ends at a clearing near a pool about a quarter of a mile from the ranch, and spans only four days. No specific time frame is given, though it seems fairly clear that the book is set during the Great Depression of the 1930s; yet though the book was published in 1937, Steinbeck does not allude to the Depression in the novel.
Posted by robertwilliam on September 18, 2008 at 2:33 AM (Answer #1)
in the 1930's.
Posted by booooo on March 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM (Answer #2)
"Of Mice and Men" takes place during the Great Depression (1930) in California.
Posted by jglafter on March 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM (Answer #3)
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1930's during the Great Depression.
Posted by Yojana_Thapa on January 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM (Answer #5)
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