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Carolin Kollwitz

Seminar paper from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0 (B), Humboldt-University of Berlin (Institute for Anglistics/American Studies), 7 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Preface John Steinbeck was doubtless one of the United States’ best writers. His books are still counted among the great American classics of their time and next to The Grapes of Wrath, it was his novel Of Mice and Men that reached international popularity. The book’s unique story is concerned with George and Lennie, two migrant farm workers and their dream of owning land. The present paper will give a short introduction into the life and works of John Steinbeck and into the America of the 1930ies in order to give necessary background information on the writer himself and the story. This paper will deal with the two main character’s relationship and the unique dream they share. What kind of persons are George and Lennie? What makes them so different from all the other farm hands? The most important matter ought to be discussed in this paper is their dream and the impact it has on their lives. I want to point out how it influences them and if it is rather an utopian dream or a true aim that they want to achieve. Furthermore, by a close examination of Lennie’s death, I want to discuss what George’s intention of killing Lennie was. Furthermore I will be dealing with the question of guilt in this context. Finally, I will sum up my results in the conclusion, containing thoughts and facts about one of the best books which has ever been written, and which was a pleasure of reading for me.

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Nandita Batra,Vartan Messier

Of Mice and Men: Animals in Human Culture is a book-length collection of essays that examines human views of non-human animals. The essays are written by scholars from Australia, East Asia, Europe and the Americas, who represent a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Addressing topics such as animal rights, ecology, anthropocentrism, feminism, animal domestication, dietary restrictions, and cultural imperialism, the book considers local and global issues as well as ancient and contemporary discourses, and it will appeal to readers with both general and specialized interests in the role played by animals in human cultures.

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Michael J. Meyer

First published in 1937, Of Mice and Men has been a staple of American literature ever since. Divided by decade, The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men provides an overview of criticism over the 70 years the book has been in print. Michael J. Meyer has assembled significant articles and book excerpts from critics and reviewers, citing the early book reviews and highlighting some of the most significant essays. While not all critical studies are included, those assessments not present in the text are evaluated by summaries and their bibliographic citations are given. The essays express various critical approaches, including those that criticize the book and examine what some consider the book's flaws. Ideal for research work at all levels, this volume collects in one place the most significant contributions to the study of the novel, making it a welcome addition to the canon of Steinbeck criticism.

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John Steinbeck

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. Of Mice and Men represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of today’s leading Steinbeck scholars. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Michael Goodman

A guide to reading "Of Mice and Men" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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Barbara A. Heavilin

One of the great works of American literature, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is popular with the international reading public and is widely taught at high schools and colleges. Although it is a short work with relatively few characters, it is intricately structured. This book is an introductory guide to the novel. Included are chapters on the book's plot, textual history, social and intellectual contexts, themes and ideas, literary style, and critical reception. The volume concludes with a valuable bibliographical essay.

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Kristen Kemp

Aid students in analyzing this well-known story about friendship and loss. Encourage them to depict the struggles that Lennie and George face in their relationship by completing rigorous yet fun activities and lessons provided in this instructional guide for literature. Readers will enjoy analyzing this title while reveling in the life lessons they take away from it. Analyzing story elements in multiple ways, close reading and text-based vocabulary practice, and determining meaning through text-dependent questions are just a few of the many skills students will walk away with after interacting with the rigorous and appealing cross-curricular lessons and activities in this resource. Written to support this well-known novel, each activity and lesson work in conjunction with the text to teach students how to analyze and comprehend rich, complex literature.

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John Steinbeck

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him... Contains an introduction by David Wyatt, as well as suggestions for further reading of acclaimed criticisms and references.

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John Steinbeck,Philip Page

Hodder Graphics: Of Mice and Men is a graphic text designed to support teaching of Of Mice and Men for the GCSE English Literature exam. Its visual representation combined with its simple approach make it accessible to students across a range of abilities. The Graphic Book will provide an overview of the set text with plot and characters clearly delineated, but will also focus on aspects of the text that examiners find students struggle with most in the exam. - Support students in their understanding of the cultural and historial background to the text - Uses text references to develop language analysis work - Focuses on plot, characterisation, theme, language and structure as specified int he Assessment Objectives

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A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. Of Mice and Men represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of today’s leading Steinbeck scholars. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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François Jacob

Collects seven essays in which 1965 Nobel Laureate in genetics reviews critical findings in biology and reveals his views on art and science, beauty and truth, good and evil, and mankind's quest for knowledge

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Of Mice and Men, you'll meet drifters Lennie and George and recount their peculiar difficulties and unusual bond. The CliffsNotes commentaries, summaries, and character analysis will show you why this sweet, sad, and moving American story is considered to be one of Steinbeck's greatest works. You'll also find Life and background of the author, John Steinbeck A short introduction to the novel A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center with books, Web sites, films, and magazine articles for further study Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.