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John Steinbeck Background Born in 1902 Attended Stanford Won Nobel Prize in 1962 Died in 1968 Steinbeck s Most Famous Works Grapes of Wrath Of Mice and ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • John Steinbeck
  • Background
  • Born in 1902
  • Attended Stanford
  • Won Nobel Prize in 1962
  • Died in 1968

  • Steinbecks Most Famous Works
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Pearl

  • Background Information for Of Mice and Men
  • During the late 1930s, California was struggling
    with the economic problems of the Great
  • Steinbeck wrote movingly about the struggles of
    migrant farm workers in his most famous works
  • Of Mice and Men (1937),
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939).

  • Overview for Of Mice and Men
  • George is Lennies keeper, and Lennie imitates
    everything that George does.
  • George promises Lennie that some day they will
    have their own farm and raise rabbits as well as
    other animals.
  • Lennie causes George problems he has a bad habit
    of hurting the very things he feels affection
    towards (like pet mice, which he pets too hard
    and kills)

  • Set in California's Salinas Valley, the story
    takes place on a large ranch during the Great
  • Salinas Valley, was dominated by large collective
    farms, or "farm factories
  • These farm factories employed hundreds of
    workers, many of whom were migrants.
  • Small farms of a few hundred acres, such as the
    one Lennie and George dream about, were
    relatively scarce.
  • Setting of for Of Mice and Men

  • Main Characters
  • George
  • The migrant ranch hand who takes care of Lennie.
  • He is one of two main protagonists in the story.
  • He is slender, small and quick, with a dark face,
    restless eyes, and sharp features.
  • Taking care of Lennie shows Georges need for
    companionship, but also his high moral character
    and compassion because Lennie is such a burden
    and George is completely loyal to him.
  • George dreams of owning a small farm of his own,
    but his dream is lost.

  • Lennie
  • Georges mildly retarded traveling companion and
    the other main protagonist in the story.
  • He is a huge man, with large, pale eyes, a
    shapeless face, and sloping shoulders.
  • Lennie is frequently portrayed in animal terms
    and loves to pet soft things.
  • He is large and possesses incredible physical
    strength, yet he has the mind of a child.
  • Lennie also dreams of owning a farm with his
    friend George, but Lennie causes the ruin of
    their dream.

  • Supporting Characters
  • Candy
  • Curley
  • An old, crippled man who has lost his hand
  • Swamper at the ranch
  • Son of ranch owner
  • Formidable pugilist (Boxer)

  • Supporting Characters, Continued
  • Curleys Wife
  • Crooks
  • Considered a tramp by most of the ranch men
  • Doesnt have a name
  • Stable buck of the ranch
  • Only Black man

  • Large man who complains about Candys old dog
  • Offers to put the dog down
  • Ranch foreman
  • Wise man
  • Suspects George and Lennie when they arrive late
  • Fair man
  • Supporting Characters, Continued
  • Carlson
  • Slim
  • Boss
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