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How Do The Lives Of John Steinbeck's Characters In His Novel Of Mice And Men Represent The History And Culture Of America In The 1930's.

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How Do The Lives Of John Steinbeck's Characters In His Novel 'Of Mice And Men' Represent The History And Culture Of America In The 1930's. During the period of 1930's, America was going through a rough stage called the Great Depression. This was mainly due to the massive share crash of 1929.During the 1930's there were millions of people out of work all across the country and the economy was severely damaged and to top things off America was left to cope with a drought in the early 1930's. This just added to America's problems. This was one of modern America's biggest problems and it affected the whole country in ways such as bankruptcy, homelessness and unemployment. Some people felt so helpless they decided to take their own life. In this essay I hope to explain to you how Steinbeck uses his characters to show what was going on in America at the same time. Even before the 'Great Depression' the treatment of black people was disgraceful, but as the popularity of Ku Klux Klan (kkk) ...read more.


There were no pensions in those days and a lot of them had placed all their savings in the stock market so they were left pennie less. The old character in the novel is Candy and has dog. First lets take Candy's dog. It's retired, it has no use people just see it as a waste of space so therefore it is shot. Candy has a very bleak future so he is willing to put in all his money for the dream with George and Lennie because he wants to secure his future ' I'd make a will an'leave my share to you guys in case I kick off' this way he can have a peaceful end to his life in case the boss throws him on the street. Women play quite a big part in this novel by showing us what life is like for Curley's wife and her dreams. Curley's wife has a dream like most people in America. ...read more.


Curley's wife dreams of being n actress and leaving Soledad. Heroes play a big part in the peoples lives. For instance if we take Slim he is the most respected guy on the ranch. Crooks calls Slim 'Mr Slim' which shows that people see him as higher up o the hierarchy. Lennie is a simple-minded guy and his hero is probably George. He looks up to him and he counts on him for everything and would not be able to survive without him. Whit is quite an insignificant character in this book and it seems quite sad that he gets really excited about someone he used to know gets a letter published in a magazine. The western magazines play a big part in the book as hey hold the dreams of the migrant workers and what they dream of living like. In conclusion the lives of John Steinbeck's characters mirror what was going on in America at the same time. He manages to tackle all areas of people who ere badly affected by the crash. Steinbeck has produced a brilliant novel that helps people to get a picture of America in the 1930's ...read more.

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