Co 1 Foreshadowing Lennie’s Death John Steinbeck writes the story Of Mice and Men in the setting of Salinas, California during the Great Depression. The characters in this story are led to make some very heavy decisions that impact their lives. John Steinbeck uses dialogue and events in his story to foreshadow the death of Lennie. John Steinbeck uses dialogue between the characters in the story to foreshadow Lennie’s death. During the story, Curley exits the bunkhouse after he tries to get Lennie angered up.
Born 1902 in California, John Steinbeck grew up in a hard time for America. The Great Depression hit in 1929, leaving thousands of American people jobless, homeless, and poor. Along with this, the Dust Bowl occurred in 1931, which also killed and starved thousands. During this time period, many people did not have a home, and moved from farm to farm in order to feed themselves. John Steinbeck was one of the hundreds of thousands of migrant farm workers during this time. All of Steinbeck’s books are based off of American history, and migrant farm workers in the eyes of the people. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the characters Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife to contribute to the overall theme of loneliness.
John grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. John once said, "life is unfair," but for him the statement was not true. He had a great childhood. Coming from a wealthy family let him do what most kids couldn't. That still didn't keep him from behaving like other kids. He and his brothers and sisters all took place in things such as sailboat races, tennis matches, or even just a simple game of touch football.
Now that we have a little background on the author, we can take a closer look at the actual work and its characters. The two main characters of the story a narrator and her husband, John, and the story takes place in the 19th century. Life for the two is like most other marriages in this time frame, only the narrator is not like most other wives. She has this inner desire to be free from the societal roles that confine her and to focus on her writing, while John in content with his life and thinks that his wife overreacts to everything. Traditionally, in this era, the man was responsible for taking care of the woman both financially and emotionally, while the woman was solely responsible for remaining at home. This w...
with John and made him enlist in the Marines. While in the service he published "Moonlight on the Potomac Waltzes". That was his first published composition and the beginning of a very successful career. After spending 8 years in the Marines, he was discharged.
To the average reader, “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck may initially look very similar, but after carefully critiquing and comparing their abundance of differences, their opinion will change. Steinbeck found his inspiration for writing the novel after reading that poem. His novel is set in Salinas, CA during the 1900s and is about migrant farm wrokers while the poem is about the guilt felt by one man after he inadvertently ruins the “home” of a field mouse with his plow. Even though they are two different genres of literature, they share a similar intent. The poem is written in first person, while the novel is written in third person omniscient. The vocabulary used to provide imagery is also another subtle different. Being two different genres of literature, they are destined to have both differences and similarities, but the amount of differences outweighs the aspects that are the same.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The story of 'Of Mice And Men' is about the journey of two itinerant workers on a ranch in America in the 1930's. In this book, the author (John Steinbeck) builds up sympathy for the main character Lennie in a number of ways. Lennie is like a child and is constantly looked after by another main character (George) who is considerably brighter and has more common sense than Lennie, so George is the leader and Lennie merely follows George's every move e.g. 'even in the open one (Lennie) stayed behind the other (George)'.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Without much doubt, reading the novel 'Of Mice and Men' does not prove to be a positive story. Its main input is sadness whether through loneliness or unhappiness in the hearts of the characters in the general social and economic environment of the time. The social context of the story is destined for loneliness as the novel was set in the times of 'Depression'-times where employment proved to be difficult. As a result many were affected by poverty and loneliness as many moved constantly in search of work.
The narrator is trying to get better from her illness but her husband “He laughs at me so about this wallpaper” (515). He puts her down and her insecurities do not make it any better. She is treated like a child. John says to his wife “What is it little girl” (518)? Since he is taking care of her she must obey him “There comes John, and I must put this away, he hates to have me write a word”. The narrator thinks John is the reason why she cannot get better because he wants her to stay in a room instead of communicating with the world and working outside the house.