How does Steinbeck present and use settings in Of mice and men?i am not sure what the MAIN POINTS are.

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In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author uses settings for several important reasons.  Because Steinbeck thought that this story might be good on stage, the settings are very simple, a barn, a bunkhouse, or a grove for easy transfer to a stage where sets need to be simple.  Steinbeck also uses these settings to emphasize the plight of the itinerant migrant worker who must move from place to place to find work.  George and Lennie fit the profile of a migrant worker who has no permanent home, is often delegated to a bunkhouse or barn as a home for the time he works at the current job, and must then move on to another place to find work, always dreaming of a place of their own. This work also shows the difference in the class structure of the time with the landowner of the upper class and the workers of the lower class which also fits George and Lennie. Setting plays a big role in framing the action of the story.

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