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Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck. 1. About the Author: John Steinbeck. His books are set in California and deal with problems of working people . Characters in his books are immigrants from Mexico or from other parts of the U.S. who went to CA looking for work or a better life

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Of mice and men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck


1 about the author john steinbeck

1. About the Author: John Steinbeck

  • His books are set in California and deal with problems of working people.

  • Characters in his books are immigrants from Mexico or from other parts of the U.S. who went to CA looking for work or a better life

  • (The American Dream).

Born in Salinas, California 1902-1968


2 setting salinas valley ca farmland

2. SettingSalinas Valley, CA*Farmland


Time period of story 1930 s

Time period of Story: 1930’s

THE GREAT DEPRESSION


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  • Dust Bowl- Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for hundreds of miles.


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Many lost their farms because they could not produce any crops.

People decided to abandon their farms and go in search of work.


The wall street crash of 1929

The Wall Street Crash of 1929

  • deepest

    economic

    depression the

    nation had

    ever known.

  • It lasted until

    1939.

  • Effects: business bankruptcies, bank closings, farm foreclosures, and massive unemployment.


3 migrant farm workers

3. Migrant Farm Workers

  • farm worker/Harvester= someone who gathers a crop

  • People, especially men, traveled the countryside harvesting crops.

  • The main characters, George and Lennie, are migrant farm workers.


Why did people migrate

Why did people MIGRATE ?


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  • Lost their jobs

  • No Money

  • Lost their farms

  • ?

  • ?


4 the american dream

4. The American Dream

  • The American Dream= people that come to America in search of a better life.

    *How do you reach the American Dream? What do you want to accomplish?


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A Better Life

Education

Freedom

Home

Money/Wealth


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However, for many the dream became a nightmare.

  • No Jobs= No Money= No food


5 poem

5. Poem???

The best laid schemes* o’ mice and men

Often go wrong

And leave us nought* but grief* and pain

For promised joy!

*schemes= set out plan

*nought= with nothing but

*grief=sorrow/sadness

What is this poem about? Summarize it in 2-3 sentences.

How might this poem be related to the book (Of Mice and Men)?


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