Why are the settings in Of Mice And Men important??for school i have to write an essay on the novel "of mice and men" containing  4-5 boday paragraphs we get 4 periods and ive already lost 2...

Why are the settings in Of Mice And Men important??

for school i have to write an essay on the novel "of mice and men" containing  4-5 boday paragraphs we get 4 periods and ive already lost 2 periods.My topic is how and why the settings in "Of Mice And Men" are important, i am having lots trouble getting 4-5 points to write about so any help on how i should approach this or any points you are willing to give would be greatly appreciated :|?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, let's think about it for a minute.  What if Of Mice and Men were set in, let's say, a factory.  That's where Lenny and George work, and all the others they meet work there, too, though some are in different departments.  It's just not the same; you lose several components of the story by taking them out of their ranch setting. 

First, you lose the interaction and camaraderie of their not only working together but living together. Second, you lose the kind of temporary nature of this setting.  George and Lennie move from place to place, which is why their dream of the farm and settling into one place for the rest of their lives is so appealing.  Third, no other setting really works for Lennie's pets, his killing of Curly's wife, and the final moments of the story.  Those things all need a rural setting to make any sense.  Fourth, it's a big, kind of lonely world--a perfect setting for a couple of guys who need space to live their lives (mostly because of Lennie) and who are, by necessity, lonely.

Hope that gets you started!