Why Study of Mice and Men

In this captivating and thought-provoking drama, embark on a journey through the pages of “Of Mice and Men.” Set against the backdrop of 1930s America, this timeless tale intertwines themes of racism, personal struggles, and the elusive pursuit of the American Dream.

Written by the renowned author, John Steinbeck, this literary masterpiece holds a prominent place in English Literature. Its profound commentary on human nature and society has made it an essential read for GCSE study.

Through the eyes of two unlikely companions, George and Lennie, delve into a world of hardship and despair as they navigate their way through a tumultuous era. Their unique bond, forged in the face of adversity, offers solace and hope amidst a backdrop of discrimination and prejudice.

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As you turn each page, you will be immersed in a compelling narrative that exposes the harsh realities faced by those on the fringes of society. Steinbeck’s exquisite prose and keen observations shed light on a multitude of human emotions, painting a vivid picture of a tumultuous era in American history.

Whether you are a student delving into the depths of English Literature or a curious reader seeking an illuminating read, “Of Mice and Men” offers a profound exploration of friendship, loyalty, and the pervasive influence of social injustices.

This book comes highly recommended for those seeking a captivating and intellectually stimulating read. Its lyrical prose and captivating characters will transport you to a world both familiar and unfamiliar, leaving a lasting impact on your heart and mind.

Prepare to be moved, provoked, and enlightened as you uncover the profound truths lying within the pages of “Of Mice and Men.” A masterpiece that transcends time and continues to captivate readers, this novel is a must-read for any lover of literature.

Of Mice and Men is the key text in Edexcels IGCSE English Literature course.

About the Author

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was an American author and one of the most prominent and influential writers of the 20th century. He is best known for his realistic and socially conscious novels that often explored the lives of working-class people, particularly during the Great Depression. His works are celebrated for their vivid portrayals of the human condition and their social commentary.

Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, and spent much of his early life in the Salinas Valley, which would later serve as the setting for several of his novels, including OF Mice and Men. He attended Stanford University but did not complete his degree, choosing instead to pursue his passion for writing. He worked as a labourer and journalist, gaining firsthand experience of the struggles faced by the working class during the economic hardships of the 1930s.

Steinbeck’s writing career took off during the 1930s and 1940s, a period that coincided with the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era

Criticisms of the Text

Whilst the novel does not examine slavery, it does include the character Crooks, a disenfranchised black ranch worker, where the surrounding narrative alludes to racial segregation and prejudice in 1930s America. The language given by Steinbeck to characters in the book reflects the discriminatory language and attitudes of this period, which we recognise as offensive today.