In one’s life, we dream to live freely and happily and this matches the American Dream. The latter appears in “Of Mice and Men”, adapted from John Steinbeck’s novel and directed in 1992 by Gary Sinise. The American Dream represents "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” said J. Adams, the first writer who coined this term in his book “The Epic of America”. The American dream is a pillar of the American Constitution. In fact, The Declaration of Independence of the USA states that "all men are created equal” and are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These rights represent the goal of George and Lennie who are the main characters in the novel “Of Mice and Men”. These two migrant field workers came to a ranch near Soledad, California, to realize their American Dream. To what extent is Of mice and men a novel showing the American Dream?
At first, Steinbeck presents the American dream of each character and then shows its disintegration.
In “Of Mice and Men”, the American Dream appears under several aspects.
Several characters have an American Dream. The most important dream is George’s and Lennie’s one. It is very simple and modest: “Well,' said George, 'we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof...”
George and Lennie’s dream seems to be a common one: a lot of migrant field workers like them want to a have a farm, as Crooks stated: “You’re nuts. Crooks was scornful. I see hunderds of men of men come by on the road an on the ranches with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn
OF MICE AND MEN
Des souris et des hommes (Of Mice and Men) est un roman de l'écrivain américain John STEINBECK publié en 1937. C'est, avec Les Raisins de la colère, une des œuvres les plus connues de l'écrivain.
Il y a deux personnages principaux: Lennie SMALL et George MILTON,
L'histoire se deroule dans les années 30 en Californie, au Sud, à SOLEDAD,lieu de naissance de John STEINBECK.
Lennie est comme un enfant, dont George doit s'occuper depuis la mort de la tante Lara de Lennie, enfait….
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Of Mice and men is a novel by John Steinbeck published in 1937. It’s a tragedy written in the third-person singular and in a past tense. The narrator is omniscient
It deals with the American Dream of two friends, George and Lennie, who are migrant workers. Lennie has a mental disability and George looks after him. At the beginning of the book, it is said that they got fired of a ranch because Lennie was accused of a rape. They are walking on….
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
1) What are the geographical features of the Salinas Valley in California?
The Salinas Valley is located near to monterey bay and Santa Lucia mountains ranges in the nothern coast of California. The winter is mild, thus the climate is excellent for growing vegetables.
2) What kinds of jobs are available in the Salinas Valley?
In the Salinas Valley jobs are mostly agricultural (90%). Flowers and grapes were grown primarily….
The author of this novel John Steinbeck was a bindlestiff himself before he wrote Of Mice and Men in 1947.
This means he can relate to these people and knows how hard they had it under the great depression.
A major issue was that they had no power because of their bad economic and social circumstances.
John Steinbeck creates George and Lennie. They are two bindlesiffs struck by this and in addition Lennie also have a
a lack of intelect. He often comes in trouble because of that. As we see….
American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., was born in Salinas, Calif., on February 27, 1902. He died on Dec. 20th, 1968. He based most of his novels on the American experience, often with sympathetic focus on the poor, the eccentric, or the dispossessed.
Early Life and Works
Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works, where he learned firsthand of the difficulties of farm laborers….
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1. To what extent is “Of Mice and Men” a novel of protest?
2. Is “Of Mice and Men” a pessimistic novel?
3. What contribution does Slim make to “Of Mice and Men”?
4. How is the American Dram, the idea that everyone can achieve their fortune, presented in the novel?
5. Which character do you feel most sympathy for in “Of Mice and Men”?
6. What do we learn about the need for companionship from this novel?
consacrer son temps à l'écriture.
Son premier véritable roman " Cup of gold " 1929 ne connaitera pas le succès espéré. Viendra ensuite "The Sea of Cortez" puis "To a God Unknown" qui n'eurent pas beaucoups plus de succès.
J.Steinbeck commencera à être reconnu comme un écrivain à succès grace à son livre « Tortilla Flat » écrit avec beaucoup d’humour.
"The Grapes of Wrath ", "Cannery Row", "Of Mice and Men " ainsi que "East of Eden" étaient ses oeuvres majeures.
Ses deux premiers mariages furent….
: roman d’Alexandre Dumas
c. Les Misérables : roman de Victor Hugo
d. La Vénus d’Ile : une nouvelle fantastique de Prosper Mérimée
e. Le Cid est une pièce de théâtre tragi-comique de Corneille
f. Des souris et des hommes : originalement Of mice and men, roman de John Steinbeck
g. L’École des femmes : comédie de Molière
h. Carmen : nouvelle de Prosper Mérimée
i. Antigone :
Drame lyric d’Arthur Honegger
Pièce de Théâtre de Sophocle
Pièce de Théâtre de Jean de Rotrou
Pièce de Théâtre….
Il écrit en 1929 son premier roman, La Coupe d'or (Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, With Occasional Reference to History), une fiction historique basée sur la vie de Henry Morgan, qui ne rencontre pas le succès. En 1930, il épouse Carol Henning et déménage à Pacific Grove. Il y rencontre Edward Ricketts, un biologiste avec qui il se liera d'amitié.
En 1932, il publie Les Pâturages du Ciel (The Pastures of Heaven), un ensemble d'histoires se situant dans la ville de….
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Des souris et des hommes (Of Mice and Men) est un roman de l'écrivain américain John Steinbeck publié en 1937
Le récit s'inspire d'un vers de Robert Burns: « Les plans les mieux conçus des souris et des hommes souvent ne se réalisent pas » À travers une écriture grave et monocorde, il exprime toute la misère et la solitude humaine
George Milton et Lennie Small sont des amis d'enfance en fuite, que leur errance sur les routes de Californie conduit à travailler comme journaliers….