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When is "Of Mice and Men" set?

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petersalleycat | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2008 at 1:48 AM via web

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When is "Of Mice and Men" set?

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yamaguchityler | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM (Answer #4)

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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.

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 18, 2008 at 2:33 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

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booooo | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted March 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM (Answer #2)

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in the 1930's.

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jglafter | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM (Answer #3)

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"Of Mice and Men" takes place during the Great Depression (1930) in California.

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Yojana_Thapa | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM (Answer #5)

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1930's during the Great Depression.

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM (Answer #6)

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It takes place in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, but there is no direct form of reference to it.

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laurto | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM (Answer #7)

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Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression. Even without really knowing much about the book, you can tell by the way they speak and their struggle of finding a job. 

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crystaltu001 | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 7, 2014 at 1:28 AM (Answer #8)

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"Of Mice and Men" takes place in the 1930's in Salinas Valley in California

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM (Answer #9)

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During the great depression so in the 1930s

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taangerine | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2014 at 12:41 AM (Answer #10)

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 "Of Mice and Men" takes place during the Great Depression, around the 1930s. 

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