American Dream Alienation in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

American Dream Alienation in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

by Gale Group

Hardcover(Library Binding)

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspective. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issues; and a detailed subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737748482
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2010
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 14

Chapter 1 Background on John Steinbeck

1 The Man and His Work Contemporary Literary Criticism Select John Steinbeck 19

2 Steinbeck's Experience as a Ranch Hand Informed Of Mice and Men Jay Parini 25

3 The Social Environment in Of Mice and Men Joyce Moss George Wilson 34

Chapter 2 Of Mice and Men and the American Dream

1 Characters in Of Mice and Men Search for the Promise of America Kenneth D. Swan 39

2 Of Mice and Men Describes Just One Phase of the American Dream Frederic I. Carpenter 43

3 Of Mice and Men Offers a Pessimistic View of the American Dream Duncan Reith 47

4 The American Eden in Of Mice and Men Is an Illusion Louis Owens 54

5 The American Dream Is Doomed in Of Mice and Men John H. Timmerman 62

6 Steinbeck Explores the American Dream Through Language, Action, and Symbols in Of Mice and Men Peter Lisca 71

7 Capitalism Thwarts the American Dream in Of Mice and Men John L. Marsden 80

8 Curley's Wife in Of Mice and Men Struggles Toward Her Own American Dream Charlotte Cook Hadella 89

9 Curley's Wife Is Alienated from the American Dream in Of Mice and Men Lesley Broder 96

10 Homelessness Creates Loneliness in Of Mice and Men Winifred Dusenbury Frazer 100

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on the American Dream

1 Reconsidering the American Dream David Kamp 110

2 The Dangerous Side of the American Dream Peter C. Whybrow 122

3 The American Dream Is Becoming Harder to Achieve for Immigrants Judy Keen 131

4 The American Dream Is Alive and Well Stephen Moore 138

For Further Discussion 145

For Further Reading 147

Bibliography 148

Index 152

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