Summary Of ' Of Mice And Men '

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Polina Nesterenko
Language Arts 1A Honors
12 July 2015
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1. Title of Work: Of Mice and Men
2. Author and Date Written: John Steinbeck, 1937

3. Historical Context: The novel “Of Mice and Men” was written during the Great Depression. The book was written in 1937, which was when the growing economy reached a decline worse than the one before. “Brightening economic prospects were dashed in 1937 by a deep recession…The new downturn rolled back gains in industrial production and employment, prolonged the Depression…” (Taylor, The Great Depression: A Short History of the Great Depression). The Depression left many people broke, unemployed, and homeless. “By 1932 the unemployment rate soared past 20 percent… businesses had failed. Millions were homeless.” (Taylor, The Great Depression: A Short History of the Great Depression). It was due to the increased industrial productions, for the war effort, that finally ended the Depression. “… it was the humming factories that supplied the American war effort that finally brought the Depression to a close.” (Taylor, The Great Depression: A Short History of the Great Depression).

4. Major Characters
A. George: George is a small, smart man who dreams of owning his own farm. He cares and protects Lennie in all situations

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