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America, in the 1930's, was in a state of poverty and depression. How does Steinbeck create hopes and dreams, despite these troubles in 'Of Mice and Men'? You should look closely at Steinbeck's choice of language throughout the novel.

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America, in the 1930's, was in a state of poverty and depression. How does Steinbeck create hopes and dreams, despite these troubled in 'Of Mice and Men'? You should look closely at Steinbeck's choice of language throughout the novel. Introduction The novel was written in 1937 and set during the times of the great depression. The great depression was in the year of 1929 and had colossal effects on the whole of America over a quarter of working people, or 13 million people, were unemployed in 1932 and this was just the beginning, the depression lasted over a decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their jobs, businesses failing, and financial institutions collapsing. Many men who had lost their job were forced to work on ranches during this depression just like George and Lennie in this novel. During this period there was huge amount of poverty and racism, which is shown in this novel. Women are also treated very badly during this time and in this novel you can tell this because curley's wife's name is not mentioned she is just known as curley's wife. ...read more.


This is the George talking to the boss after he has already got the job. Section 3 Their dream was very important; their dream was to have their own ranch, with Lennie's pet rabbits that he always wanted. They've been dreaming about having their own little house with a little bit of land for a long time now; they are becoming better and better friends, but still their dream is so far away. In the third chapter their life-long dream of their own ranch is ruined. It is shown that Lennie is very childish, and Slim sees him as he really is. Curley has a scrap with Lennie who is really very childish, George then sticks up for Lennie and tells him to fight back and stick up for himself and this ends up with Curley's hand being broken. Slim says to Curley to tell anyone that asks that he hurt his hand on some machinery so that he is not heckled. Curley's wife's wish is for Curley to really love her, so she isn't alone and so she doesn't have to mess around with the other workers to annoy Curley. ...read more.


You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now just get out, an' get out quick." This tells us that he knows very well he is treated very differently and would rather to be alone than with people that he thinks don't like him because he is black, as he is becoming immune being alone. In the beginning he is perfectly happy to let Lennie into his barn house. When they start chatting Lennie says to Crooks that him and George are going to have a small house with a little bit of land and of course Lennie's rabbits. Crooks say's the idea is stupid and isn't going to happen. Lennie tells Crooks that, because he is scared that his buddy won't ever return and they wont be able to start their own ranch together. Conclusion I thought that this was a very good novel and that the characters he used and the language he used made this into a great story and although I don't usually enjoy reading books I actually found this story very interesting and have read it another time since we read it as a class. It makes us remember that some dreams come true and others don't which is life ...read more.

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