Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

Where in the world?

John Steinbeck's 1937 novella Of Mice and Men, is set in California, USA, where the author himself was born and raised.

A Brief History Lesson

The novella is set during the 1930's, during which time America was subjected to the combination of drought and the Great Depression (which was not great). States in the mid-west of America relied heavily on Agriculture, and with a persistent lack of rain, the ground became so dried up that a huge area in the middle of the US became known as 'The Dust Bowl'. The ground was useless for growing crops, tenant farmers were often evicted from their homes and winds across the wide flat plains caused dust storms, filling the air with dust and dirt. In fact, the dust bowl was also known as The Dirty Thirties.

California was closer to the coast and many people left their homes and travelled their to find work. Because of the great depression, however, there wasn't a lot of long-term work to be had there either. Even so, 'The Golden State' became a kind of 'promised land' for these migrants, who were in search of a better life; and who wanted to realise The American Dream. .

"I beg of you, what's that miss?"

Well Grainne, The American Dream is an ideology ( a principle or a belief). America prides itself on being "the land of the free and the home of the brave", and the American Dream is the national belief that anyone should be able to achieve success and follow their aspirations, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

From the American Declaration of Independence

Our Story...

At the beginning of our story, two migrant workers are travelling from one short term ranch job to another. They are travelling from Weed, in California state to somewhere near Soledad. (Btw... according to google maps, this journey would take around 6 days on foot).

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