John Steinbeck was a man of many talents. One of them being writing, he used several
parts of his life to write this novel. Where he grew up, his failures, and his daily chores all
became a part of his story. In his novel, he does not describe all the details of his personal life,
but he makes unmentioned parallels which can be linked up to most of his life. The assumption
of this linkage cannot be made or even considered until his backround is told.
The setting of John Steinbeck s novel, takes place in many parts of California, USA.
Steinbeck s birthplace is Salinas, California, and the opening setting is based in Soldad, but the
Salinas river runs through this town. The setting at the start of each chapter is quite detailed and
specific. He says,
On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the
strong and rocky Babilan mountains, but on the valley side the
water is lined with trees-willows fresh and green with every
spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the
winter s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent
limbs and branches that arch over the pool. (1)
John Steinbeck had lived most of his life in California, and his description shows his source of
inspiration and great knowledge of the setting. His memories of California give him a clear
picture of his home-town, which he employs as the setting obvious in his writing style.
Julien Hernandez Mr. Reilly English 3 mod. o 8 june 2000 "John Steinbeck" John Steinbeck was born in February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Salinas was an agricultural valley in California. His father was the county treasurer and his mother was a schoolteacher. This is where his education began from a mother that encouraged him to read. The community was a comfortable environment for him to ...
As a child, Steinbeck had dreams of becoming a writer. He left home to attend Stanford
University, hoping to get into journalism. Falling short of his ambitions, he left Stanford without
a degree to become a sales clerk, farm labourer, ranch hand, factory worker, and a construction
worker. When he moved to New York to begin a career in construction, he started to write small
articles for the New York American, a National newspaper at the time. His involvement with
the newspaper started a new chapter in his life and he then turned his attention to within
The resemblance between his characters to those in his life is quite similar even though
his characters do not achieve the success attained by Steinbeck. In the novel Of Mice and Men,
the main character is George. George is a man who is very smart, living in poverty, but manages
to get along in life. Lennie who is his partner, is the one who isn t so smart and often puts
himself into bad situations. George and Lennie struggle to live, but have dreams of owning their
own property some day. Steinbeck followed his dream of becoming a great American writer, but
his characters foreshadow what might have come for Steinbeck: failure. When Steinbeck came
to the middle of his life, he had a choice. He could continue to work and manage to just get by,
or he could try to rebound his life and make something good of it. This book is the imagination
of Steinbeck when he thinks about how he could have been like George and Lennie if he didn t
do what he really wanted to do when he still had the chance. His parents had high expectations
for all three of their sons, John being the youngest. His older brother became a well know artist
and his other brother was a writer for many newspapers across the country. Steinbecks parents
started to become very concerned that John would become a laborer and their hard spent college
money would be wasted.
The animals in the novel have significance to Steinbeck s childhood. As a child, he lived
on a farm, with many animals. After meals, John would save the crust from his bread, go out to
How does Steinbeck present Lennie and George in the 1st chapter? Lennie and George’s father and son like relationship is clearly one of love, although from the beginning we sense George’s frustration due to Lennie’s constant childish behaviour. George is very protective over Lennie, “Lennie for God’s sake don’t drink so much!” because he has been told to look after him by his “Aunt Clara”. George ...
the barn and play with the mice that he had tamed. Also, Steinbeck had a pet dwarf rabbit of
which he loved to take care. His interest in animals, especially mice and rabbits, gave him the
idea for the theme of the struggle of a mentally challenged person. Lennie tried to love his
animals, but every time he would pet them, he would kill them by accident. It was unfortunate
that Lennie killed each one, but the theme is based on his fond memories as a child. He used
specific details of the features of mice, which gave stronger visualizations for the readers.
Growing up, failing and day to day experience inspired John Steinbeck to come up with
this novel, which is now considered a clasic. His story was well written and thought out because
he never seemed to repeat himself. In most other novels, the authors unintentionally repeat ideas
or thoughts. He based the core of his book on himself, which was great because he has so many
details of incidents that naturally come to mind when writing. He makes that obvious in his
style because an attention span can be kept easily when reading this book.