This series of four clips explores the context, characters, themes and writing style of Steinbeck's popular classic. Presenter led and supported by dramatised sequences and direct quotations from the novel.
Of Mice and Men: Context and Background
Understanding John Steinbeck's influences and life experiences as well as the economic and social landscape of America in the 1930s will help readers to better understand the events and themes in Of Mice and Men. This clip sets the scene for the novel by providing a brief overview of the causes and impact of the Great Depression, and how it shaped Steinbeck's values and writing. Ideal for introducing the novel prior to reading.
Of Mice and Men: George, Lennie and Curley's Wife
This analysis provides insight into characters George, Lennie and Curley's wife, how they are shaped by their circumstances and environment and how this influences their choices. It identifies their key traits and flaws, hopes and dreams, and the role each plays in the tragic unfolding of the plot. Examples of language choices used to reveal each character are given. This is a clear and easy to follow examination of characterisation in Of Mice and Men.
Of Mice and Men: Strength and Weakness
In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck provides readers with a multi-layered, thought provoking examination of strength and weakness. Physical, intellectual and emotional strengths and weaknesses are central to plot and character development throughout the novel. This clip looks specifically at how this theme is conveyed through the characters and interactions of George, Lenny, Curley, Curley's wife, Crooks and Slim.
Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck's Writing Style
Steinbeck is renowned for his unique literary style and ability to portray characters with authenticity and poignancy. This clip explores his use of poetic imagery, metaphor, slang, phonetic dialogue and tone. Examples of flashback, foreshadowing, and dramatic irony are given. The purposes behind and impact of Steinbeck's narrative choices are considered. This is an excellent resource to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of the writer's craft. Show Less