• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck explores many cultural and social issues during the era of the great depression.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck explores many cultural and social issues during the era of the great depression. Of Mice and Men is a novel about two migrant workers and their dreams which never become true. In this text the learning experience for the reader is that, dreams are unattainable and hard to accomplish. Steinbeck utilises character archetypes to demonstrate the injustice the marginalised suffer in society. The reader incorporates from this novel that the marginalised in society have dreams which never come true. George and Lennie are two itinerant workers who have a dream to be, "living of the fatta the lan", and to be independent. ...read more.

Middle

The author foreshadows their dream as he gave away slight hints earlier in the novel which hinted to the readers that the characters were never going to achieve their dreams. An example of foreshadowing was when the author depicted that Lennie killed mice and then, 'graduated' to killing a dog, after this it could be seen the novel would not have a pleasant ending. This novel depicts the failure of the American dreams as the novel shows racism, discrimination and fails to depict that 'all people have an equal chance of success'. Racism is evident in this text by the use of Crook's character, who is a black worker utilised to show racism. ...read more.

Conclusion

George and Lennie want to make money and buy their own ranch but in this ANTI-AMERICAN dream novel, they are unable to make their dreams come true. Steinbeck uses different archetypes to represent the injustice suffered by various people of the 1930's. Crooks is a unique archetype as he is portrayed as a black ranch worker who has a crooked back. In this novel he is used to show the problems encountered by 'black' people of the time. He is a disempowered character who is extremely lonely. You learn this throughout the novel as the author reveals that he lives in a separate bunk and as Crooks aspires to have the right to enter the bunkhouse and play cards with the rest of the men. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

The basic ideas about the social and historical factors that influenced this text are addressed in this essay but they are not as developed as they could be. Consider links between characters and events and how Steinbeck uses them to present his themes.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 20/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Steinbeck present ...

    5 star(s)

    'he kept his distance and demanded that the other people kept theirs'. Crooks preferred to be by himself if the others was going to discriminate him; but later on in the novel the reader sees Crooks hunger for friendship. From the description of Crooks' appearance, to the reader Crooks seems to be a intense and depressed character.

  2. Prejudice Within The Novel Of Mice And Men.

    "The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them and some of them were pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. I never knew till long later why he didn't like that.

  1. Explore Power in Of Mice and Men.

    was awkward as shown when a "gnawing sound" came and the men looked "gratefully" toward it. Moving on, I will look at Crooks and whatever power and weakness he has. First of all, Crooks is mainly a character littered with weakness which is what I will explore first.

  2. How Does Steinbeck Use The Character Of Crooks To Highlight Certain Issues Which Were ...

    Candy explains how when the boss is in a bad mood it's always taken out on the stable buck stating "An' he give the stable buck hell, too'" meaning Crooks, Instantly the first time Crooks is mentioned in the whole book its in a negative way as through innocence he's treated as if done something wrong.

  1. The ending to 'Of mice and men' is tragic yet inevitable - One of ...

    Lennie does not understand sex therefore does not understand that Curleys wife is 'flirting'. Soon he is petting her hair, which is another soft thing to pet. Again Lennie panics as she constantly asks him to stop and panics herself.

  2. Lennie Small from 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck - Character Study.

    Lennie's ignorance, helplessness and innocence together with his childish actions contrast with his physical bulk Lennie is the child of the novel, as George says to Lennie "Blubberin' like a baby!" "A big guy like you." He is playful just like a small child as mentioned in the opening

  1. Describe how John Steinbeck creates the atmosphere of loneliness and desperation throughout the story ...

    Also they have to heat and eat the baked beans they have with them out of the tin as they do not have a saucepan or tin opener between them. This gives you a very good idea to how the two men are used to living.

  2. To what extent can "Of Mice and Men" be considered a religious allegory?

    All of the ranch workers are shocked and suspicious by their partnership, "Ain't many guys travel around together". Steinbeck interprets this as part of the message of the biblical story, and the curse of Cain; distrust. This message interlinks with the criticism of 1930's America as, on a basic level,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work