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Explore the ways in which Of Mice and Men is a reflection of life in the time in which it was written.

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?Explore the ways in which Of Mice and Men is a reflection of life in the time in which it was written.? America was put into a state of national depression in a matter of 24 hours. On October 29, 1929 millions of dollars was lost by the American economy in a time known as, the Wall Street Crash (this led to the Depression). Banks became bankrupt themselves and over 1/3 of the American population became redundant. The story ?Of Mice and Men? is set during the American Depression in the American countryside where both Lenny and George whom are ranch hands are going to their next job on Curly?s father?s farm. In the book, the economic depression is largely explored and has a great influence on the structure of the book. Both George and Lenny represented real ? life ranch hands they had, ?no family? and ?don?t belong no place.? Most men during the economic depression had little to go by in terms of money and work. ...read more.

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During the depression many Americans became recluse to themselves, times were hard and what little could be gained was meant for an individual and their own loved ones, this isolation is represented when, ?Candy spoke they both jumped as though they had been caught doing something reprehensible.? This shows that Lenny and George?s dream was meant for themselves not anybody else; they hoped to hide this from others so they can get their dream without others interfering and potentially messing it up. However Candy?s interference was worthwhile as it started to form their dream, ?they fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true.? This sheer excitement is a reflection of what small opportunities during this time made to an American?s life. Racism is greatly reflected in ?Of Mice and Men,? during the depression, racism was more evident in American society, especially against the black population who were racial segregated. ...read more.

Conclusion

She?s a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain?t no place for a girl, specially like her." Curley?s wife is treated like trouble and because she is the only female on the ranch she is isolated. She has no female friends, men will fancy her, her husband has anger management issued and she has no morale guide. Women may have been treated more as trophy wives than they did before, ?well ? she got the eye,? this quote is said by Candy as a compliment. Overall Curly?s wife reflects closely to the prejudice that women could have faced but it was unlikely all women at the time would have been treated this badly, up to the point that she had been killed. In conclusion ?Of Mice and Men? is generally a thorough reflection of the period of time the book was written in. Both Black people and women were isolated in situations against white men who were largely dominant on a social front in the American economic depression. ...read more.

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