How is California an indispensible part of the novel, Of Mice and Men?I basically have to write about how California is important to the novel and how the novel will not be a novel without that...

How is California an indispensible part of the novel, Of Mice and Men?

I basically have to write about how California is important to the novel and how the novel will not be a novel without that setting. The focus should be the specific image of California being portrayed and how that image is central to the story being told.

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Migrant farm workers are indicative of the central valley of California. This occured on a large scale in the 30s. The setting of the Salinas River Valley in the first and sixth chapters is very specific to the region. This story doesn't exist without the need to move based on Lennie's actions. This story doesn't exist without the scene and the necessity to remember it as told in chapters 1 and 6.

Likewise, John Steinbeck wrote scenes specifically related to California. He is an author often used in California literature classes in college. He relished his experience as a Californian.

History demonstrates this work in California transcends generations. It is still a place of great migrant work. The work of Ceasar Chavez furthers the development of this being a priority. Labor contracts for farm workers grew difficult as machines began to replace some of the work that farmers could do.

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