Of Mice And Men Essay

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As a Great American Author, John Steinbeck wrote many novels, which reflect the different aspects of his life, such as working as a migrant worker, as well as having troubled relationships. This was an inspiration, which led him to write one of his most famous novels, Of Mice And Men.Even though John Steinbeck's parents had prominent working positions, he still was not an outstanding student. In Salinas, California, John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902. His father, Oliver, managed a flourmill and became the treasurer of Monterey County. Steinbeck's mother taught in a one-room rural school. Throughout High School, Steinbeck was not an exceptional student, making mostly "B"s. John ...view middle of the document...

Ricketts went to the University of Chicago. "Ricketts provided the intellectual and emotional companionship Steinbeck needed"(John Steinbeck p. 13). His philosophies affected Steinbeck's later novels. John Steinbeck married Carol Henning. A couple of years later, he divorced Henning, and moved back to New York City, where he got remarried to Gywn Conger, and had two sons. In 1948 he divorced Gywn. Soon after, John Steinbeck was remarried to Elaine Anderson Scott. This was John Steinbeck third marriage. In 1960, he toured America with his poodle named Charley. He recorded their travels in his novel, Travels With Charley.There were several parallels between the life of John Steinbeck, and his novel, Of Mice And Men. The novel was set on a ranch in the Salinas Valley in California during the great depression. This is where Steinbeck spent a great part of his childhood. Also, the main character's best friend dies tragically, much like Steinbeck's. Both the characters and Steinbeck worked on a ranch to earn all of their money.Of Mice And Men revolves around two friends George and Lenny. In Of Mice And Men, Lenny constantly causes problems for the two, not because he was trying to hurt George, or mess things up for them, but because he had a mental condition. Lenny tries so hard to do things right and to please George, but it is just too hard for him. George has taken care of Lenny since they were much younger. They have been fired from many jobs, but he perseveres and keeps helping Lenny. In the end, Lenny kills a young woman, by accident. The Young woman is the wife of the ranch owner's son. Lenny flees back to the river where George told him to go if there were any problems. George meets him there, and this leads to the books tragic ending. George tells Lenny how everything is going to be all right and that they are still going to have their farm, which George has promised to Lenny throughout the book....

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