Can somebody help me with an introduction to an essay on Of Mice and Men? I have to do a gcse essay on conflict in some relationships in the novella, but I really don't know how to start this...

Can somebody help me with an introduction to an essay on Of Mice and Men? 

I have to do a gcse essay on conflict in some relationships in the novella, but I really don't know how to start this essay. plz help asap

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Since the setting of the Great Depression and the plight of those dispossessed as a result of the fall of capitalism is intrinsic to the plot of John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, you may wish to prelude your discussion of the conflicting relationships with some details about the historical context in which the men find themselves.  For, their distrust of one another and their feelings of alienation and insecurity all stem from their displacement as a result of the economic failure of the country.

For instance, you may wish to provide some background on just who are the "bindle stiffs," that Curley's wife calls the men, explaining how the men traveled on railway cars from as far away as Minnesota to California, how they were treated by the managers of the farms, and how lonely they were.  Since it is because of this existing situation that the men act as they do in the bunkhouse, an explanation of the setting introduces and helps to support the discussion of conflict in the plot.

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