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Introduction

How does Steinbeck portray the lives of working men in the novel 'of mice and men' Context The novel 'of mice and men' was written about 1937 during the great depression this was when America was crippled by the wall street crash which lost them millions of dollars. People lost their life savings when firms and banks went bust and 12-15 million men and women- one third of America's population were unemployed. In addition there was no dole to fall back on, food was short and people in cities could not pay their rent. This lead to some people packing their bags and leaving the cities to where ranches were and where they could earn money, have shelter and food. But not all of them were lucky enough to get a job so life was hard. The work that men mainly did was to grain barley and then to sell them so they would get money from the profits although the pay would be very low. The settings in this novel are places Steinbeck knew and grew up so he knew what life was like therefore he could reflect it in his stories in addition he was a itinerant farmer himself for a period of time so this gave him accurate knowledge to portray in his novel. ...read more.

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Men's view of women The working men's view of women is like to buy women like they buy a drink so even women did not have proper rights just like Crooks, men would not think of having a proper relationship with women although Curley did have a wife he also used to go out with the other men into town and so there is a possibility that he may have spent a night in a whore house with other women. In the novel Steinbeck did not give Curley's wife a real name as all the workers referred to her as a 'whore', 'slut' or simply 'Curley's wife'. This shows and adds to how women were treated and seen as in society by men for the reason that they are more dominant. How they spend their time The men have their free time on a Saturday night into the town, the men can go to 'whore houses', have a horseshoe tournament and gamble money. They would spend some money on drinks and play card games, solitaire and read magazines. They would allow Crooks to play with them and join in so that he was not completely considered an outcast but they still made fun of him so Crooks spends most of his free time reading ...read more.

Conclusion

The American dream is what people used to think that in America there is a piece of land for everyone because of its vast lands, this gave people a sense of Independence and this is what made them go on and continue to tackle the harsh realities of life most people were likely to never achieve their dreams. This is revealed in the poem by Crooks 'seems live ever guy got land in is head'. The reason why Lennie asks George to recite the descriptions of the farm is because it is an antidote to overcome his disappointment and loneliness. Curley's wife is another who has dreams and they were to become a movie star and the life of luxury and fame, this comes to nothing when Lennie kills her. Conclusion In conclusion the title to this book tells you the about the novel in a few words. The title of this book is taken from an Irish poem by Alfred Burns; "The best laid plans of mice and men always go wrong". Steinbeck has portrayed this in a correct way as the story deals with so many dreams from the characters point of view and so none of these were destined to come true anyway. ...read more.

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