Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck the Man. Born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Attended Stanford, but did not graduate from there. 1936 Of Mice and Men published. Setting is Soledad, California. 1939 published The Grapes of Wrath , which won a Pulitzer Prize. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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Of Mice and Menby John Steinbeck
Born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California.Attended Stanford, but did not graduate from there.1936 Of Mice and Men published. Setting is Soledad, California
1939 published The Grapes of Wrath, which won a Pulitzer Prize.Died on December 20, 1968, as one of the most honored writers of his time.
All of his novels deal with a personal experience.He advocated the need for humans and nature to be in partnership.His characters are the outcasts of society: poor, demented, uneducated and rebellious.
Of Mice and Men
The Novel and CharactersThe economic upheavals of the 1930s produced a rootlessness in Americans who found themselves without possessions or hope. Of Mice and Men, is, in part, an examination of this peculiarly American kind of Alienation.
George MiltonSmallSharp-wittedRanch handTakes care of Lennie
Large man with a slow mind. Short attention spanDoes not understand the outcomes of his actions.
WiseWell-respected ranch hand whose word is law
Ranch handExact opposite of SlimCoarse and insensitiveUnable to understand the feelings of others
Ranch handOldLost a hand in an accidentOnly companion is an old dog
Got his name because of his crooked, hunchback bodyProud and independent NegroAn outcast at the ranchbitter against racial discriminationAccepted by Lennie and Candy
Small, evil son of the bossWears a glove on one handVicious bully who picks on people smaller than himTries to intimidate men bigger than him
Bitter wife of CurleyAttempts to seduce the ranch handsIs called a tart by the ranch hands
Symbolism = most important literary element in the story
The American Dream: George and Lennie, Candy, andCrooksLoneliness: Candy, Crooks, and Curleys WifeInnocence: LennieDiscrimination: Lennie, Curleys Wife, Crooks, CandyFriendship: George, Lennie, and Candy