Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men (1937) is typically taught in middle school or high school and is one of Steinbeck's most acclaimed and beloved works. It is a moving story of thwarted dreams, friendship, and sacrifice that chronicles four days in the lives of migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small. Set primarily on a ranch near Soledad, just south of Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, the novel paints a vivid picture of farm life in the area during the Great Depression. Steinbeck's themes include social injustice, racial injustice, and the power of friendship.
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