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Of Mice and Men

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Author:  John Steinbeck

Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

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May 27,2017
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Genre: What is the genre of the book and how do you know this?

Of mice and men is a fictional novel based around the lives of two men living in the Great Depression.

Setting: State where the story is set and how the author has described the setting.

The majority of the story Of Mice and Men takes place on a ranch in Soledad, California. The action is presented in only four settings at the riverbed, in the bunk house, Crooks's room, and the barn which lends to the dramatic quality of the text.


Plot: Tell the direction of the plot without giving away the ending. 

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great

Character: Did the author create interesting characters? Why? Can you relate to these characters? What drew you to the characters? Did you dislike any characters? Why?

John Steibacks characters are of a wide variation. Each characters is unique in their own way. For example Lennie Small, a man with a child's brain relies mainly on his friend George Milton to get him out of sticky situations. I can only relate to Candy, as he is a caring and compassionate friend just like me. I was really drawn to Gerge as he shows great love for Lennie and other characters. I disliked Curly as he was disrespectful to people who he perceived where weak and dumb.

The author’s craft: What did you like or dislike about the writing? Can you provide any examples of word choice that appealed to you? What about any descriptive phrases that stood out to you? 

I liked John Steinbecks use of language as it was very descriptive and he used great word choice to resemble each characters characteristics.

Themes and messages: What moved, challenged, inspired, infuriated or disappointed you?

When Curley attempted to hurt Lennie it infuriated me. But I was ecstatic when Lennie crushed his hand and showed him up.

Audience: Suggest who this book might appeal to. 

This book will appeal mostly to teenagers because the book shares common values of which some are friendships, hardship, love and companioship.

Rating: Finish with a final rating of the book out of 5.


Nov 24,2015

This book involves two poeple during the great depression, one of then is mentally disabled. One of the characters is uneducated but fairly smart (George Milton) and the other dreams of living off the land and owning a Rabbit. I don't like it, feels a bit dry. Regret reading it.

Nov 07,2015

Geogre and Lennie search for work in the state of California, finding jobs on plantations or any work that can keep them eating at night. Unfortunately Lennie is mentally slow. It is hard for him to keep a job. But George, though he speeks about going on his own. But he can't, they have an amazingly strong relationship! That gets them through some times! An excellent read, I do reccomend!  

Jun 27,2015


Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck. This book was a school assignment but seriously if your english teacher or whatever teacher assigns you this book. READ IT! Just do not settle for the a review that shortly explains the story. This book will keep your attention nailed to the book  from the minute you start reading up till the last page. If you do know a bit about history and love reading historic novels and books that takes you back to the war great depression, old America etc. this book is for you. 

The story handles about intellectuly impaired Lenny. A big guy in the 1930's where the 'Cuckoos' were not fully understood like they are today. They were thrown in asylums and even put to death like animals. Or there was the freak shows. Which is pretty scary. Every human being with a disability or anything 'different' about the way they acted or the way they looked were thrown into there to perform in front of the crowd. Some of these special people include siames twins, no arm, no leg, no arms nor legs etc. You get the picture. If you are into that kind of stuff just google HUMAN FREAK SHOW. 

Anyway back to mentally impaired Lenny...

He travels around with his companion George who looks after the big guy who acts like a five year old through his actions, how he interacts with not only George but other characters and the way he speaks. He is one of the most lovable characters in the book and you feel LEGIT sympathy towards him. NOTE: The story was set in the time of the Great depression, so work was rare. African americans were treated unfairly and racisim was 'okay', women were heavily discriminated against and disabled people both mentally and phsyically were not understood. 

Okay back to the review now. The story handles about big stong Lenny and small George who got a job on a ranch together. They have a dream when one day when they have enough money they will go buy a little place and they won't be forced to work, they can do what they want but most important of all they got each other. This dream was so close George could nearly taste it when events takes a turn for the worse and everything comes crumbling down. (I WILL NOT SPOIL IT FOR YOU)

I personally identified more with George because sometimes in the novel it legit seems like he is going to kill Lenny himself but the love and protectiveness George feels towards Lenny is not neccesarily written in the book but is so evident it is not even funny. He needs to move on and plan for him and Lenny's future each time Lenny screws up and gets them fired. 

This is a amazing, heart touching and sad book. So after you have read the book, you may watch the movie but only after. 

Mar 21,2011

Very well-written book, author clealy is a very good imaginative writer. it is as if you can really see what he has writen. George and Lennie are very likeable characters and you really do hope that they can reach their dreams.


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