Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly.
Steinbeck grew up in the beautiful, fertile Salinas Valley, and most of his memorable novels and short stories would be set in California. During his early years, Steinbeck's mother read to him from books such as Treasure Island and Robin Hood.
He would return again and again to those early influences for symbols and themes. During these early years, John's home was comfortable, and his father often drove the boy and his two sisters around the valley where they saw the workers and field hands in their poor shacks.
This early impression of the workers' lifestyles was added to later memories when Steinbeck spent time with these workers as an adult.
As a youngster, he also explored the caves and swimming holes around Salinas and watched the changes of seasons. His abiding love of nature and his thoughts about man's relationship to his environment are present in most of his works.
In high school, Steinbeck did well in English and edited the school yearbook. He worked at various jobs and one in particular — as a ranch hand on some of the local ranches — later led him to images used in Of Mice and Men.
Steinbeck graduated from high school and went on to Stanford University. Even though he remained at Stanford untilhe never graduated. While in college, he continued to write creatively, and he worked for a time on neighboring farms, especially Spreckels Sugar Ranch. The agricultural industry at this time relied on cheap, transient labor.
It was during this time that Steinbeck met many of the types of people described with compassion in his later writing. Early Career and Writing Leaving Stanford, Steinbeck moved to New York and worked for five years at various jobs, writing and drifting. Eventually he returned to California, and his first book, Cup of Gold, appeared intwo months before the stock market crash.
This novel sold 1, copies, and its publication began a decade of recognition and material prosperity for Steinbeck. He and Carol moved to Los Angeles, where Steinbeck continued his writing while Carol did a great deal of editing.
Steinbeck also met marine biologist Ed Ricketts, who was a fascinating and talkative companion. Ricketts inspired the character for Doc in Cannery Row and many of Ricketts' views about biology influenced Steinbeck's literary themes. Ricketts later collaborated on the writing of The Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, published in During the decade of the s — a time of national depression, bread lines, and bloody labor-management conflicts — Steinbeck knew a definitive cross-section of society and shared the problems and stresses of the times.
He followed this novel with To a God Unknown inbut neither novel did well. During this difficult time, his mother suffered a stroke, adding to his discouragement. Henry Prize in for his story, "Murder. This was tempered inhowever, by the death of his mother.
Ironically, Steinbeck's breakthrough novel, Tortilla Flat, had garnered him five rejection slips by the time it was accepted in by New York publisher Pascal Covici. This book, about a group of California free spirits, called paisanos, has often been compared to the Arthurian stories because of the loyalty of its group of characters.
The novel was an immediate popular success and won the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco as the year's best novel by a Californian. Just before its publication, however, Steinbeck's father died, missing the positive critical success of his son's writing.
Continued on next pageA list of all the characters in Of Mice and Men. The Of Mice and Men characters covered include: Lennie, George, Candy, Curley’s wife, Crooks, Curley, Slim, Carlson, The Boss, Aunt Clara, Whit. The title of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men foreshadows the tragic events of the novel.
Steinbeck derived the title from the poem “To a Mouse” by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Which brings me to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
In the book, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have come to a ranch near Soledad, California, to find work. They speak of saving their stake so that they can one day buy a little place where they’ll “live off tha fatta the lan’,” as Lennie puts it.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
full title · Of Mice and Men. author · John Steinbeck. type of work · Novella. genre · Fiction; tragedy. language · English. Lennie being run out of Weed for the incident involving the girl in the red dress, and Lennie killing his puppy—all of which anticipate Lennie accidentally killing Curley’s wife;.
Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason. The book may seem rather boring (as many books about the Great Depression may seem) but it is actually a great tribute to literature.