Of Mice and Men College Prep

Historical Context

Agriculture during the Great Depression
During the late 1930s, California was struggling not only with the economic...

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Of Mice and Men Plot Overview

Of Mice and Men opens with a physical description of the topography of the Central Valley of California. "A few miles south of Soledad,"...

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Of Mice and Men Social Concerns

Although in many ways little more than an extended short story, Of Mice and Men provides a vehicle for Steinbeck to focus on one of the...

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Of Mice and Men Setting

The action takes place in the 1930s on a ranch in the Salinas Valley in California. The novel opens with the major characters, George Milton...

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Of Mice and Men Literary Style

Structure
Of Mice and Men, with its highly restricted focus, is the first of Steinbeck's experiments with the...

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Of Mice and Men Literary Qualities

Steinbeck highlights the plight of his characters through his skillful use of imagery. The novel is filled with references to traps and...

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Of Mice and Men Literary Precedents

The novel takes its title from Robert Burns's eighteenth-century poem, "To A Mouse": "The best-laid plans of mice and men," Burns's narrator...

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Of Mice and Men Compare and Contrast

  • 1930s: The Great Depression and severe drought in the Midwest (leading to what became known as the Dust...

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Of Mice and Men Ideas for Group Discussions

Steinbeck's brief, ironic idyll of the American dream gone awry contains considerable food for thought. The grandeur of the West and the...

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Of Mice and Men Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Writers often use patterns of imagery (repeated descriptions of places, objects, or activities) to add subtle emphasis to their themes....

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Of Mice and Men Related Titles and Media Adaptations

Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men with an eye toward the theater, and he produced a script for stage production in 1937. The Broadway play...

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Of Mice and Men What Do I Read Next?

  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is Steinbeck's masterpiece about the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s...

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Of Mice and Men Bibliography

Sources
Benson, Jackson J., ed. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Critical Essays with a Checklist to Steinbeck...

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