The Choices We Make in Life Have you ever found it interesting to notice two people whose lives start out close to the same but end so differently? Jurgis is the main character in the book The Jungle. The book was written by Upton Sinclair and it portrays the horrors of factory life in the early twentieth century. Jurgis was an immigrant that came to America in hopes to achieve the American Dream, only to find himself cheated out of that dream by everyone around him. In contrast to The Jungle, the movie Cinderella Man is based on the Depression Era.
Of Mice and Men book analysis Argyri John Steinbeck uses the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ to portray life in the Great Depression Era. The novel tells a story about two men George and Lennie, and their struggles as migrant workers. George cares for Lennie as a he is mentally challenged, this is a burden on George because this is unwanted responsibility and it takes away his freedom to live a normal life. Being mentally challenged in 1930s was not widely accepted by society. This essay will analyse how Steinbeck represents his ideological agenda through his characters.
This era sets the stage on which these stories take place. During these harsh times, many people turned to the government or banks for help, but they were turned down by the banks because they wanted a profit, or they bankrupted, and the government 's resources were stretched so low they could only help few people. In The Harvest Gypsies, the migrant workers are seen to band together,but not as much as in Grapes of Wrath. “Noah and Uncle John and the preacher began to unload the truck. They helped Grampa down and sat him on the ground and he sat limply, staring ahead of him.
J.D Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is a personal psychological, cultural and sociological analysis of poor white working-class Americans. Specifically, Hillbilly Elegy examines the life of the author in Middletown Ohio, a once booming post war steel town that today has a struggling economy, diminishing family values and a rapid increase in drug abuse. At the beginning of the memoir, Vance perfectly situates the reader to the uniqueness from his life in Middletown. Vance repeatedly wrote throughout the memoir that the youth living in this Ohio steel town has a bleak and troubling future. Vance illustrates the statistics that children like him living in these towns were lucky if they just manage to avoid welfare or unlucky by dying from a heroin overdose.
In what ways did the Great Depression affect the American people? After a decade of economic prosperity, what seemed like an era that defined the concept of the American dream, quickly came to an end when the stock market on Wall Street collapsed in 1929. The aftermath of the events that occurred on Wall Street would put its heavy mark on the years to follow among the citizens of the United States. Banks closed down, unemployment rose and homelessness increased. It was a widespread national catastrophe that had its impacts on both poor and rich.
Economic imbalances resulting from World War I was the main cause for the Great Depression. Consumers were unable to buy all the goods produced causing manufacturers to close businesses. Closing businesses resulted in a rise of unemployment, however, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the New Deal as an effort to alleviate poverty and unemployment. President Roosevelt believed that it was essential for the government to protect the less fortunate and improve society . One of Roosevelt 's New Deal program, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), employed masses of people, saving them for poverty and despair.
The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression were two of the most influential times in the United States because it was something that could have been avoided. Due to overproduction, a stock market crash and a severe drought, Americans were forced to relocate from the west in order to find jobs, food and shelter for their families. Photos were taken of the time period to show a visual aspect of the dark time. In one of the photos, two children boys are sitting with their hands on their faces in a bored-like state. The image gives the audience a sense of anger, sadness and regret because of the expressions on the faces.
The U.S. American history is characterized by several events that had consequence around the world. One of them is the market crash of the 1929. In the October 29th, the Wall Street had a huge collapse and important reverberations in the entire American market. During the prosperous 20s the richness was unequally spread among people with the effect that Americans were producing more of that they could have consumed. Then the “easy-money policies” caused a growth of credits and speculations in the market.
Oppression is a weight that restricts one from fulfilling a dream or desire. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the theme is used to illustrate many ideas of racism, sexism, isolation and oppression of the time period. The novel begins with Lennie and George, two migrant workers that developed a close relationship and rely on each other. The men are chased out of Weed due to an incident caused by Lennie, a strong, and mentally unstable man who often acts like a child. Finding work down south the men are quickly introduced to Candy, an old man who lost his hand, Slim, a skilled ranch hand, Curley, the boss's son who is “handy”, and Crooks, an African American stable buck.
was on a downhill slide in the 1930’s. Herbert Hoover was failing to keep the United States above water and the Great Depression had only just begun. On October 29, 1929, on Black Tuesday, the Stock Market crashed and sent investors into despair. The atmosphere in the United States started to decline rapidly, until 1933, when things started to look more promising. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor’s husband, was inaugurated into office in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression.