Of Mice And Men Setting

What is the setting for Of Mice and Men and why is it important?

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Mice and Men, the great novel by John Steinbeck, takes place in the 1930's during The Great Depression. Knowing the exact setting for the novel is important to understand the journey Lennie and George go through. During the Depression, unemployment was at the highest it has ever been in the United States. Furthermore, with unemployment high and the demand for labor low, wages were also very low. That left many workers looking for any type of work, regardless of wage and benefits.

With Lennie and George looking for work and just to survive the Depression and continue to live their lives, their journey was told through the understanding of why the Great Depression was so important. Understanding what they, and the rest of the country, had to go through, is essential for any reader's comprehension for this American classic novel.

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Interestingly, the Salinas Valley which is known as "America's Salad Bowl" is an extremely fertile area and even has an extended period of time in which crops can be grown compared to northern regions of California.  Then, in the midst of all this fertile land with abounding life, there is the setting of "Of Mice and Men": a "few miles south of Soledad."  The word soledad in Spanish means "solitude."  Of course, Steinbeck chose this location purposefully to underscore the aloneness of George and Lennie and the other men working as itinerant workers in such an area of rich land in the 1930s.

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The setting is Salinas Valley in California during the Great Depression.  Salinas Valley was the home of many large farms during...

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mbushey77 | Student

the beginng of the book, George and Lennie went a bus driving towards to farm, but the driver them to get off at soledad, then the driver kept on driving towards the ranch and George starts cursing at him.So,  I'm right. All of you are wrong.

taangerine | Student

 "Of Mice and Men" takes place during the Great Depression, around the 1930s. 

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atyourservice | Student

During the great depression so in the 1930s

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crystaltu001 | Student

"Of Mice and Men" takes place in the 1930's in Salinas Valley in California

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crystaltu001 | Student

The setting of Mice and Men took place in the Salinas Valley. That is where most crops were grown back then in California. It is important because it goes together with the theme of the story.

laurto | Student

Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression. Even without really knowing much about the book, you can tell by the way they speak and their struggle of finding a job. 

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Yojana_Thapa | Student

The setting of "Of Mice and Men" is set in California during the Great Depression. It is important because it contributes to the theme, rising conflict as well. The theme of American Dream. George and Lennie are hunting for jobs and when they finally found one, they want to have their own farm with the money they earn. Lennie wants to tend rabbits. This setting sets a perfect mood and atmosphere.

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parama9000 | Student

It takes place in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, but there is no direct form of reference to it.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student

1930's during the Great Depression.

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jglafter | Student

"Of Mice and Men" takes place during the Great Depression (1930) in California.

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booooo | Student

in the 1930's.

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