John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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The Great Depression in the 1930’s affected both urban and rural America materially and psychologically. What made the Great Depression the worst economic crisis in history was the massive unemployment and accompanying hardship. Shops and factories closed, banks went bankrupt, and farm income dropped to half. Because businesses cut by laying off workers, the unemployment rate rose from 3 to almost 25 percent. Thousands of Americans took to the road in search of jobs and thousands lived in shanty towns for the homeless, called Hoovervilles. John Steinbeck lived through the Great Depression. His novel, Of Mice and Men, focuses on rural America and the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Thousands of Americans took to the road in search of jobs and thousands lived in shanty towns for the homeless, called Hoovervilles.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men portrays through the use of its characters of Curley’s wife, Candy and his dog, and George and Lennie, that the dream of every person is to escape loneliness, maintain companionship of others, and to achieve the full dream of companionship, which ultimately is not achieved.
First, John Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife, who he illustrates by her interactions with the other farm workers, to prove that people that are left out by society because they are different crave meaningful companionship and wants to escape loneliness. After George and Lennie make the acquaintance of Curley’s wife, George promptly is skeptical…

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