Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Weed California in Classic Story Of Mice and Men

All high school students read “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. Did you know the author of Mice and Men speaks in the beginning of the book about Weed California? It’s true. The story is about two migrant workers, George and Lenny. Lenny is mildly retarded and George watches over the gentle giant. They have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. In the first chapter of the book, George reminds Lenny that “he does not want any trouble of the kind they encountered in Weed, the last place they worked.”
He uses the incident that got them chased out of Weed as a case in point. Lenny, a lover of soft things, stroked the fabric of a girl's dress, and would not let go. A misunderstanding leads to the locals assuming the worst, and ran them out of town. Steinbeck wrote the book in 1937 and went on to create a Broadway play and successful movie about the book, and later wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book Grapes of Wrath. Weed, California, however, will forever be immortalized in a classic book “Of Mice and Men.”

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