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John Steinbeck wrote the book "Of Mice and Men" in 1936 after Wall Street crashed in 1929 and overnight the great depression set in, in America.

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John Steinbeck wrote the book "Of Mice and Men" in 1936 after Wall Street crashed in 1929 and overnight the great depression set in, in America. Everyone lost all their money after investing in the stock market and no one had any money and jobs because company collapsed due to the knock on affect of the crash. As a result, people forgot about trying to settle down with a family and just thought about trying to stay alive. But still in the back of their minds the "American Dream" still lived on and at some point would all like to have their own plot of land living a carefree life. To stay alive though to do this they had to get any money they could. They travel around the country as migrant workers just looking after themselves going for any job that came up. They had to keep going, from job to job, people had no time to make friends. There were two special characters though, two men who traveled around together and were both very close friends. Although you could call them the "odd-couple", due to the fact that they were both very different. But they looked and cared after each other, were together for a long time and learned they were so close they had to keep travelling together and try to go at it wit each other. These two "guys" didn't really have much before the Wall Street crash and didn't need to care about making it all back. ...read more.

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he wants to be in on it so he can't be fired and would just do the easy jobs. Then he could stay with shelter and not get chucked out to die. I also think that he want's something to show for his life and the farm would be something good as the money he has wouldn't be a good indication for a successful life as he has no one to pass it on to. I think Steinbeck has put Candy into the book so there was another extreme of loneliness. The character shows that in America in the 30's no one had any respect or sympathy for old folk and when they get too old they are just sent out for the vultures not caring about feelings. This shows in Candy and when they are speaking to the stable buck and he says "Nobody listen to you", Candy then says "No" he agreed "Knowbody listen to us". This shows that Candy knows what's going on and his time is approaching fast. Crooks is also another extreme of loneliness just because he is black. He isn't even allowed to sleep in the same bunkhouse. "They say I stink, but I say they stink". He says this, not because they smell but because he thinks the way they treat him stinks. Even on special occasions, for fun they beat him up. They don't treat him like a fellow human at times and don't like speaking to him. ...read more.

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In the Book Slim and George get to know each other a bit. George likes to get to people and he thinks everybody is stupid not making any friends and being cautious of Everyone: -"Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other?" He thinks everyone thinks they can't get to know anyone but he doesn't see this in George. John Steinbeck wrote this book in the 1030's when all these prejudiced feelings to people who are different were going on. He recognized this, what people were doing and how they were making everyone else lonely, but at the same time making themselves lonely too. When he wrote this he had a different character for all different aspects of loneliness and prejudice he could see in America at the time. He described it through migrant workers due to how on the farms it was capitalist with the boss looking down on his workers and by doing this, also people wanted to be the boss and not have to look up to people. To do it, they couldn't really do it with everyone else because than he couldn't have anyone else to look down on, so they had to go alone. Owning a farm somewhere and being your own boss was back than the "American Dream". But by going alone they would never have enough money, so as their dream fails, along with it, so does their spirit. These 3 points show hoe different aspects of life all culminated to kill their spirit and make them lonely. It all spirited from themselves. TIM WAKE 11RH ...read more.

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