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Of Mice and Men. By John Steinbeck. Steinbeck Bio. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California Father a county magistrate Mother a school teacher Encouraged to read at a young age Had few friends 1920 - enrolled at Stanford University to study English Worked as a farm worker

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Of mice and men

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck


Steinbeck bio
Steinbeck Bio

  • Born in 1902 in Salinas, California

  • Father a county magistrate

  • Mother a school teacher

  • Encouraged to read at a young age

  • Had few friends

  • 1920 - enrolled at Stanford University to study English

  • Worked as a farm worker

  • 1925 - Leaves college to become a journalist in New York City


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Steinbeck Bio continued

  • Returns to California in 1926

  • Published first novel Cup of Gold in 1929

  • Published Of Mice and Men in 1937

  • Published 27 works, including The Pearl (1947) and The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

  • Died in 1968 in New York of heart disease


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Steinbeck Bio continued

  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath

  • Won the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Common themes: setting in California, hard work, striving for dreams, hardship of common people


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Of Mice and Men

  • Published in 1937

  • Adapted into a play

  • Filmed in 1939

  • Television movie in 1981 and 1992


Novella
Novella

  • Novella – a shortened form of fictional development lying between novel and short story

  • 32,000-50,000 words

  • Limited action

  • Few conflicts

  • Usually not divided into chapters


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Of Mice and Men

  • Setting – 1930’s in southern Californian

  • Point of View – third person omniscient


Essential questions
Essential Questions

  • Why are dreams important? What impact can dreams have on our lives?

  • Is euthanasia ever justified?

  • Why are some people excluded from society and treated cruelly?

  • What is the meaning of friendship?


Realism and naturalism
Realism and Naturalism

  • Realism – 1870’s – 1880’s

    • Middle class America

    • Exposed hardships and ugliness of human existence

    • Life depicted as it really is

  • Naturalism – literary movement 1880’s – 1940’s

    • Reaction from World Wars and Great Depression

    • Similar to realism but addressed taboo topics

    • Reveal lives of America's lower-class

    • The naturalistic view of humans is that they respond to the natural world much like animals, reacting to natural forces they neither understand nor control

    • Human beings are often portrayed as victims of destiny or fate

    • Naturalistic writers portray nature as indifferent

    • Naturalists are pessimistic about human capabilities

    • Life is a trap

    • Naturalists portray humans as animalistic, driven by fear or hunger



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