Of Mice and Men
Shannon O'Connor, Haley Vitti, Dhvani Visaria
The setting of OMM
Of Mice and Men takes place during the great depression during the 1930s. The ranch setting in Of Mice and Men is a recreation of Steinbeck's grandfather Samuel Hamilton's ranch in King City, CA. The ranches in Salinas Valley are exactly like the ranch to which George and Lennie go for work. Steinbeck spent much of his youth at the Salinas ranches, working at the Slinas Valley ranches during breaks and absences from Stanford University. Steinbeck's familiarity with Salinas is why this setting is important.
Weed, California is where the beginning of the story takes place. It is a lumbering town where work is sufficient. George and Lennie flee from this town to work on a ranch. Weed, CA is calm and tranquil. Like the calmness before a storm, this setting is a foreshadowing of what will come to be.