Ch 2: Of Mice and Men: Themes & Setting

About This Chapter

The Themes & Setting chapter of this Of Mice and Men Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the major themes and locations of the book. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with the themes and settings of 'Of Mice and Men.'

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Of Mice and Men themes and setting material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the relevant themes and settings. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing themes and settings associated with Of Mice and Men
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Of Mice and Men: Themes & Setting chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about themes and settings in Of Mice and Men for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Major themes including loneliness and friendship
  • Conflicts in the novel
  • Use of dreams as a story element
  • Depiction of the American Dream
  • Racism in the novel
  • Setting for the novel

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Of Mice and Men: Themes & Setting
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Major Themes in Of Mice and Men

1. Major Themes in Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck wrote his novella ''Of Mice and Men'' with several major themes embedded. If you're not careful, they could be easy to overlook. This lesson will outline the larger themes and explain their importance.

Loneliness in Of Mice and Men

2. Loneliness in Of Mice and Men

In this lesson you will learn how the main idea of loneliness in John Steinbeck's novella 'Of Mice and Men' affects the characters in different ways and advances the story's plot.

Friendship in Of Mice and Men

3. Friendship in Of Mice and Men

Friendship is one of the main themes in John Steinbeck's 1937 masterpiece, 'Of Mice and Men.' Steinbeck suggests that the fracturing of families during the Depression era made friendship essential.

Conflict in Of Mice and Men

4. Conflict in Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck creates conflict in his novella 'Of Mice and Men' to increase tension and move the characters toward the climax and resolution of the story. This lesson explores the many forms of conflict in the novella.

Dreams in of Mice and Men: Examples & Quotes

5. Dreams in of Mice and Men: Examples & Quotes

Dreams play a vital role in John Steinbeck's 1937 classic 'Of Mice and Men.' In his novel, Steinbeck explores what it means to dream, what dreams say about the dreamer, and what happens when a dream dies.

The American Dream in Of Mice and Men

6. The American Dream in Of Mice and Men

This lesson explores the theme of the American Dream in John Steinbeck's 1937 classic, 'Of Mice and Men.' The lesson argues that in Steinbeck's novel, the American Dream is a dream granted only to a select few.

Racism in Of Mice and Men

7. Racism in Of Mice and Men

The theme of racism plays a powerful role in John Steinbeck's iconic 1937 novella, 'Of Mice and Men.' Though a secondary character, Crooks exemplifies the very real and powerful impact of racism in Depression-era California.

What is the Setting for Of Mice and Men?

8. What is the Setting for Of Mice and Men?

John Steinbeck's Depression era novel, Of Mice and Men, is about two migrant workers during the 1930s. Learn about this era and what caused so many workers to move west.

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