Of Mice and Men Pre-Research

By Hunter Berryman

Setting

When: Of Mice and Men was published in 1937.

Where: This was based in California during the Great Depression.

What: Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck. This book is about the adventures of two men, George Milton and Lennie Small. They were migrant workers who had to search for work during the Great Depression. It talks of the friendship between the two men. In the end, George had to protect Lennie from the mob who were looking for Lennie intending to kill him. To spare Lennie from a painful death from the angry mob, George shot him.

Migrant Workers

Why they were necessary?: there was mass labor workers that would work for cheap money, but the Great Depression made it hard for everyone to find jobs.

Relevant Dates: 1929 Wall street Crash

1902: Steinbeck, the author of the book was born

1937: Of Mice and Men was published

Example of Type of Work: worked in the fields

Daily Wage: $2.50

What DId farm agencies do?: They conserve farms and regulate the laws around the country

The American Dream

What was the American Dream for the people who lived during the Great Depression?

They wanted a better life, mainly to get out of persecution or poverty


Why did the American Dream of wealth and prosperity fade for some?

Because horrors of slavery, loss of jobs, led to loss of hope in many Americans and shattered many more dreams.

The Great Depression

Began: October 1929

Effects: Closed businesses, poverty, loss of hope, shattered dreams, mass migration, organized crime rate increase

Ended: 1939

Unemployment rate: 24% in 1933

More Research

Allusion of the title Of Mice and Men: The mouse's house get destroyed by the plow, which is like when something seems great, something unforeseen always comes along and ruins them.

Idioms in Of Mice and Men: Full of idioms, which is language that means something other than what is actually said

Banned Book: Controversy over banning this book has been going on for around 50 years due to the prejudice and language within.


Important People

John Steinbeck: wrote the book and published it in 1937

Gary Sinise: american actor that a part in the first movie

John Malkovich: played a part in the first movie

James Franco: played a part in the second movie

Chris O'Dowd: played a part in the second movie