REVISION: Fraternity, Oppression and The American Dream

Of Mice and Men was written at the time of America’s Great Depression. With large numbers of unemployed men looking for work, Steinbeck loads his novella with such a wealth of material it can often be difficult to know where to begin.

For me, the starting point has to be the relationship that opens the text and, traumatically, closes it: the friendship of George and Lennie.

Steinbeck crafts his writing to explore the complexity of life in 1930’s America through the unique relationship of George and Lennie. This lesson focusses on revising the themes of fraternity, oppression and the American dream, but through the relationship of George and Lennie.

This is not only a powerful way to approach the examination, but also a powerful lens through which to understand a text that has moved generations.

Fraternity, Oppression and the American Dream

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