"John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968), American author and winner of the Noble
Prize in 1962, was a leading exponent of the proletarian novel and a prominent
spokesman for the victims of The Great Depression" ("John Ernest Steinbeck").
Steinbeck wrote about many different themes, including but not limited to economic
depression, friendship, migrant workers, nature and The Great Depression. His themes came
from his real life experiences.
Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a story of what it means to be human. Steinbeck's
story is of George and Lennie's dream of having their own farm and how hard it will
be for their dream to come true. This story takes palce during The Great Deppression.
Which is one of the many themes Steinbeck used to write about in his books.
During The Great Deppression men use to travel from town to town looking for work, it
was usually work on farms.
It was almost always temporary. It is also a story of
friendship, and how far one will go to protect their friend. "It is the message of the book
that all men are brothers and that it is our duty to watch over our fellow men and be their
keepers" (Leaf 1). Most fiction characters usually sybolize human needs and desires
(Leaf 2). The story Of Mice and Men was based on a migrant worker that Steinbeck
had known and worked alongside for many weeks, only he had killed a foreman instead
of a girl (Leaf2). If you did not read the book, a quick summarry is two men working on a
farm in California. George is a dreamer who wants to own his own land so he can work
and live there and Lennie is a mentally challenged man and wants to take part in this dream...