John Steinbeck himself was born in Salinas, California and grew up in that fertile valley. The environment and nature had a huge role in shaping and developing many of his works, and Of Mice and Men is no exception. The novel is centered around Soledad and the Salinas River in California during the Great Depression. This information that is given to the readers is just surface knowledge. To truly dive below the surface of understanding
In the story Of Mice and Men, the author John Steinbeck uses figurative language, specifically similes and personification, and sentence structure to highlight the serenity and security of the poolside area. Steinbeck creates a new setting for each new scene of the book with vivid description, and describes the atmosphere as well. Steinbeck’s sentences in the opening of the passage describes how the sun has moved across the sky. “Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of the Gabilan Mountains.” Steinbeck directs the reader’s attention, not only to the sun moving across the mountains, but to the sun climbing the mountains, through the use of personification. This clear image contributes to the tranquility and
Does John Steinbeck show that dreams are futile in the novel Of Mice and Men? Of mice and men is a novel set in the 1930’s it showed how people lived during The Great Depression, It published in 1937 by John Steinbeck an American born author. The American dream is a concept that shows everybody has a chance. The American dream is a belief that anybody can make it regardless of where they are born or what class. It is achieved through sacrifice, risk and hard work (Investopedia.com).
How does steinbeck introduce the main characters in the novel? John Steinbeck is the author of Mice and men, a novel about two men set in the 1930´s.George and Lennie.They move from farm to farm for jobs,is a very lonely life for them they only have each other they move through the country following “The American dream“.George is strict and responsable, and in charge of Lennie, Lennie is childish, strong and not very bright.This characters are very opposite but they take care of eachother. Steinbeck introduce the character´s personality by using actions onomatopeias and similies “Lennie “drank with long gulps,snorting into the water like a horse” George “george knelt beside the pool and drank from his hand with quick scoops”.Their actions show their personalities,it shows how Lennie goes after what he wants ignoring the consequences by demonstrating he doesn 't care how clean the water is,that he is now wet, or how to properly drink water,he just cares about how thirsty he is.It shows how George is more of a mature and clean guy showing how he analyses what he is going to do,how he thinks before he acts,opposite to Lennie.By using the word “gulps“ it illustrates the quantity of water Lennie is
When I started taking nitro to Asian art and found out that we were to write a paper about an Asian art piece at the Nelson-Atkins Museum I knew exactly what type of art work I wanted to write about and that would be a hanging scroll with ink on paper or silk. There were many beautifully crafted art pieces but there was one more noteworthy to me such as, Mori Tessan Deer on Rock. Mori Tessan (alt. Tetsuzan) (1775–1841) was born in Osaka, and was the son of Mori Shuho, elder brother of Mori Sosen. He was adopted by Sosen and succeeded him.
A well-written story causes us to think about life increasing our understanding of the world and giving us insight into how people think feel and behave. This insight into life in a novel is done through themes, ideas that recur throughout a text, and comment on such aspects of human experience. Therefore, through our exposure to texts, we learn about human experience using the themes, aided with literary techniques and features, explored within such texts. John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men explores themes which directly relate to the own authors experience during the 1930’s Great Depression where there was mass unemployment and extreme poverty. This led to homelessness which led to ‘every man for himself’.
As Thomas Foster says in How to Read Literature like a Professor, “Geography is setting, but it’s also (or can be) psychology, attitudes, finance, industry- anything that place can forge in the people who live there.” Behind these small settings lays a few more important geographical aspect to Of Mice and Men. The book was published in 1937, during
Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. It is set in the Salinas Valley in California during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, have a work contract at a local ranch so that they one day might purchase a property of their own; however, due to Lennie’s childlike mental state the goal seems far-fetched. In his poem, ‘To a Mouse’, which is also the source of the novella’s title, Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Go often askew,” which one can compare to George’s goals of achieving the elusive American Dream together with Lennie, but as the poem also suggests this will go askew, and this is Lennie’s fault. Therefore, why does George not get rid of Lennie, when Lennie even offers to “(…) go off in the hills an’ find a cave.” (OMM, 14), and pursue the dream himself?
“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck takes place in California, during the Great Depression. Within this setting, key themes are introduced at the very beginning of the novella, namely the American Dream and status. These themes are introduced via symbolisms in the first two major locations, which are the Salinas Valley and the bunkhouse. The theme of the American Dream is raised at the very start of the book, where the novella is introduced with the panning landscape of the Salinas Valley before closing in on George and Lennie. On one side of the Salinas River, there is “golden foothill slopes curving up to the strong and rocky Galiban Mountains”, where in contrast, the other side is covered in debris.
In the novella, the characters George and Lennie have a dream. In this scene, George is explaining to Lennie what that dream is. “O.K. Someday… we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and…” (14). This would be an example of a motif of dreams because this element is mentioned continuously the novella.