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John Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men" during the 1930's when the Great Depression would've started.

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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck wrote "Of Mice and Men" during the 1930's when the Great Depression would've started. The dustbowl was wiping off all the good soil so all the farmers lost there jobs and they lost all their money. Also loads of people lost money in the Wall Street Crash when the stock market crashed. Many men had the dream like George and Lennie and work like them so they can get their fifty bucks or work up a stake to buy some land of their own. Many people were racist so Crooks had a very hard life even though he had nothing different about him but his skin colour. Also he is a cripple so he can't do too much work except tend the horses. Candy is a bit the same because he has a busted hand and got a bit of compensation but nobody else would employ him so he has to stay there. Lennie is really dumb and even though he is strong no one would employ him because of his intelligence. He is lucky that he has George because it was George that would have probably got him the job. George is a very intelligent person who is a hard worker but can never live the life he wants to because Lennie keeps ruining it. Slim is a very good worker and is very efficient and is essential to the ranch. ...read more.

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Candy is left aside because he is unable to work properly because of an accident when he got his hand caught in a machine. Even though his $250 compensation he can't move on with his life or move away so he has to stay at the ranch. You can tell that he's lonely because when he over hears Lennie and George talking about their special little place their getting he jumps at the opportunity and says "How much do they want for that place?" shows that Candy is very interested in the farm. He even offers them every last cent he has to go with them and his will, will be left to them. He says he can't wait and is thoroughly excited. He is just a useless old man, just like his dog a waste of space but seems very wise because he tells George and Lennie how he can cook, clean and wash and even tend chickens so he advertises himself as a slave just to get out of the ranch. Curley's wife doesn't fit in with everybody else because of her sex. There are no other women on the ranch so she has no one to talk to when all the men go out to work. This is why she always tarts herself. She just wants to be noticed a lot of the men say "You have Curley to talk to" but she just replies "all Curley talks about is how he's gonna get some guy and lead with his left" so she shows that marrying Curley was a big mistake. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lennie doesn't realise this and asks why. George knows better than to tell him the truth because he knows that Lennie might let it slip to the boss and he doesn't want that so he says "I just like this spot" and Lennie doesn't seem to care and just carries on getting fire work. To conclude this essay Crooks was placed in the book to show how bad racism is and to show how he was treated. Lennie, Candy and Curley's wife are put in to show that if you're not white, male, intelligent and strong you won't be able to survive. Lennie got killed by George, Candy will die shortly because of his age but Crooks he will survive but with a wretched life of racism and it probably will not get any better in his life. The people that do survive are characters like Slim and George and they survive because they are fit into the elite category of being string, intelligent, white and male. Soon George will become indispensable to the Ranch just like Slim who "Is so God damn good at his job" unless of course they want to move, but where ever those two go, they will become very good at what they do. George's whole life awaits him now because he hasn't got Lennie to mess up things and can do what he wants like he says "I could go into town and buy a gallon of whisky and sit and play pool or visit a whore house. But I'm stuck with you" so really he should do a lot better without Lennie. ...read more.

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