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What is the setting in chapter 1 of Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men?

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John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men takes place during The Great Depression in Salinas, California. Chapter 1 opens with George Milton and Lennie Smalls walking down beside the Salinas River. The beauty of the opening description starkly contrasts the lives of the friends. From the way the two interact, it is clear that they have been traveling companions for some time and that George is the leader of the pair. The two travel from ranch to ranch looking for employment and a place to stay.

The two men pass the time talking about their plans for the future: their version of the American Dream. They want to be able to have their own piece of land to own and work; George will take care of everything except the rabbits which will fall under Lennie’s charge. As George reminds Lennie of how to act at the new ranch giving the reader the impression the search for a new job is the result of Lennie’s actions at the previous ranch.

The Great Depression has an impact on the course of the book. George and...

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