Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is a touching tale of the friendship between two men set against the backdrop of the United States during the Depression of the 1930s. Subtle in its characterisation, the book addresses the real hopes and dreams of working-class America. Steinbeck's short novel raises the lives of the poor and dispossessed to a higher, symbolic level.
Its powerful ending is climactic and shocking to the extreme. But, we also come to an understanding of the tragedy of life. Regardless of the sufferings of those who live it, life goes on.
Join us as we examine this text which is regarded as one of the greatest books ever to be written. Themes such as racism, sexism and attitudes towards disabilities are but three of the topics covered. We will explore the colloquial language as well as some of the literary techniques deployed by Steinbeck, including conflict, symbolism and foreshadowing. We will also look at the American dream and its demise within the book.
Please be aware that this book contains terminology that would be regarded as offensive today, including the “N” word. Children in the U.K study this book from 11 years onwards, but sensitive children may find the content offensive.
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