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Of Mice and Men Mini-CritiqueJohn Steinbeck was born in Salinas California on February 27 1902 His mother was a school teacher in the public school in Salinas Steinbeck grew up in the beautiful Salinas Valley which furnished most of the material for his novels His mother read to him at an early age famous literature of the world which planted a seed in his imagination He entered Stanford in 1920 remaining there until 1925 but never graduating In 1930 Steinbeck married Carol Henning Steinbeck died in 1968After college Steinbeck moved to New York where he worked briefly for the old New York American newspaper and helped with the construction of Madison Square Garden His first book Cup of Gold 1929 appeared two months before the stock market crash and sold about fifteen hundred copies Steinbeck returned to California living in migrant worker camps to furnish inspiration for writing novels that described the problems and stresses of the timesOf Mice and Men takes place during the great depression in the Salinas Valley California It is a story about two farm-hands George Milton and his large retarded friend Lennie Small George and Lennie are on their way to a farm that has harvesting jobs available While camped along side a river George and Lennie talk about their dreams of someday owning a farm with rabbits for Lennie to take care of The next day George convinces the farm boss to hire Lennie and him Lennies Love for feeling soft things becomes a problem when he is playing with a puppy and accidentally kills it The wife of Curley the bosss son comes into the barn to talk to Lennie The climax comes when Curleys wife lets Lennie feel her hair but he strokes it too hard and she becomes scared Lennie holds her tightly to keep her from screaming and ends up breaking her neck The resolution of the story happens when George shoots Lennie through the
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