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How does life on the ranch reflect the social issues of 1930's America

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"How does life on the ranch reflect the social issues of 1930's America?" 1930's America; a time when people didn't have the choice of a happy life. We'll be discussing how the ranch from the novel "Of Mice and Men" can be seen as a microcosm of the American society during the 1930's. The Great Depression which happened because of the Wall Street crash contributed to hard times in the county. After this incident, most families in America lost all their savings and were forced to migrate around the country in search of jobs to raise just enough money to buy food. Most of the families were separated. This meant that people became lonely and were forced to take any jobs they could find. Most men worked in ranches; they had to cope with a very simple life and very little money. Due to this, the ranches also owned their own depression, affecting everyone in difficult ways. 1930's America was a time that will always be remembered The plight of the migrant workers was to keep their confidence and carry on working until they could save just enough money to survive. ...read more.

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To them black people are shown as a low and useless group in the society. People called them nasty names such as "Niger" without even noticing. This character was lonely, sad and didn't feel pleasant around other people. He had his own space in the ranch, and would go mad if someone invaded it. This great issue affected all the black community and they had to live with it. There was no other choice. 1930's America was a hard time to live in. Many matters affected the whole community. But some matters were concentrated on a certain group of people. This great matter was sexism, which strongly affected most women in America. This was maybe not treated as racism, which affected people in a physical way, but it was a worrying matter for women. They had very few political rights such as not being able to vote and left out in the society. Sexism was a matter that affected people emotionally and made them feel very lonely and useless. In the novel, Steinbeck created a female character named after Curley's Wife. Here, we can easily see that sexism was such a big issue that this female character doesn't even own a name in the novel. ...read more.

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They dreamed of having some land and just enough to survive and have a nice life. They started thinking about saving enough money to get a place they could afford, and soon, as Candy joined in with lots of money, their dream seemed as close as ever. Unfortunately, this fantasy was ruined by the accidental fact of Lenny killing Curley's wife. As soon as Curley found out, he and other men in the ranch went in search of Lenny with the aim to shoot him in the guts so he could experience a painful death. George hurried to find Lenny before It was too late. He had to make a hard choice; If Curley found him, he would suffer a painful death, but if he was left loose, he could cause even more trouble. George had no other choice; he now he was living in a time of depression and sadness, he new that Lenny would just suffer more if he kept living. His choice was cruel and unbearable. George murdered Lenny because he new that it would be better to die, than to live in 1930s America. His best friend was now gone and he was alone. The depression he had felt for a long time, suddenly took over him. He was lost. ?? ?? ?? ?? Felipe Cabral English GCSE Coursework - Essay 10/11/2007 ...read more.

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