Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Decent Essays
I. Background
A. John Steinbeck was born on February 27th, 1902 in Salinas, California.
1. Salinas River was one of the few centers for shipping, farming, and agriculture
a. John Steinbeck worked as an employed laborer, digging canals and working beside men similar to characters in his novels.
2. In a discussion John Steinbeck said, "I worked in the same country that the story is laid in. The characters are composites to a certain extent. Lennie was a real person. He's in an insane asylum in California right now. I worked alongside him for many weeks . . .” (Parini 27)
a. During the interview Steinbeck told his personal experiences that permitted him to write and construct the novel Of Mice and Men.
II. Proof of Thesis
A. In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, John Steinbeck demonstrates the incapability and isolation for ranch workers to endure and survive with loneliness and how they handle it.
1. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place . . .With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.” (Steinbeck 13-14)
a. Explanation – George makes Lennie understand why the people that work on the ranches’ are so lonely, and don’t associate with others, which is because workers don’t have anyone there for them. Unlike other workers, George and Lennie have another way to keep their distance from the loneliness - because they have each
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