The Great Depression, caused by the hardships in the 1920s, further separated the people on social levels. Harper Lee shows this in her novel, which took place during the midst of the Great Depression. Social injustice was shown because of the unfair treatment of the colored Americans against the white people, no matter their working ability. The Cunninghams mainly showed the social problems caused by the stock market crash because of all the hardships they faced as a result of the crash. Finally, the Great Depression not only caused economic problems, it also greatly separated the townspeople from one another, causing social
Candy later on willingly let himself get involved in George and Lennie’s dream of having a piece of land somewhere else. Candy was so desperate that he was willing to pay most of the money and do most of the labor work. There loneliness has led them to become so lonely that they are desperate enough to do things they would normally think about before deciding not just do it because it’s a chance for them to be part of something. We all want to be included or be part of something so it is understand able when people do things because they have no other choice. In conclusion we can see that loneliness affects most of the characters in the story of mice and men, If not all.
Everyone aspires to achieve the American Dream: an opportunity to be successful by working hard. Throughout the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the American Dream brings hope for a better life to those who hold on to it. George Milton and Lennie Smalls, traveling ranch workers called bindle stiffs, dream of owning their own piece of land where they can create the rules. However, they are not the only characters with hopes and dreams. Steinbeck shows the American Dream is, in fact, sometimes only a dream through the hopes and actions of Lennie, Candy, and Curley’s wife.
Of george And Lennie Everyone in the world, all the time, people experience unfairness in life, rather than experiencing fairness or even equality for that matter. To some of us, life may even seem more unfair than it is completely fair. The sacrifices you make in your life will determine your future. Of Mice and Men shows how making a sacrifice may be difficult, but it will typically pay off in the long run. We can see in Of Mice and Men several examples of sacrifices that are made for the well being of someone.
A dream is an ambition or aspiration for the future. In the novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck the theme of Dreams runs throughout the novel, many characters have different dreams but the main focus seems to be on the shared dream of George and Lennie. Many of the characters’ dreams are a microcosm of the American Dream which claims that great personal success can be gained by hard work and personal sacrifice. In the novel most of the characters have a dream. Each of the characters seem to have a sense of loneliness in each of their lives and their dreams are the things that keep them hoping for something better than their lives on the ranch.
The literary function of Social Commentary Current Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, says that “The American Dream belongs to all of us.” How ironic is that because a big portion of “all of us” are not able to achieve that American Dream. The definition of the American Dream is this, “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” Every United States citizen did not have an equal opportunity to achieve their own version of success no matter how hard they tried. One person’s dream may be someone else’s life and that person’s dream may be even more than what they already have. Nothing is enough for a lot of Americans or just people
The dream is a wall, a barrier, blocking the characters from attaining what they could’ve achieved if they didn’t have a dream. Steinbeck uses the characters in the novella to symbolise that the American dream is impossible. Countless if not everybody had a dream before in their life. The American Dream was for people who wanted own land, become a movie star, the dream was just to have all their goals and aspirations achieved. This was though to be achievable in America, the land of opportunities.
At the time of the 70’s the bigoted father trope could have been seen and presumed upon just about anyone of Caucasian descent and admittedly, rightfully so in most cases. Regardless, engaging in this stereotype only pushes the narrative that these people will always be stuck in their ways and less likely to engage because of your differences. These are the narratives that divide us as a community and perpetuating these characteristics only make the discussion of race relations harder than it already is. Having Archie’s Polish son in law, Michael Stivic, made a wonderful foil to his staunch conservative views. Michael gave a bit of hope and a reflection of what the baby boomers and what white youth cultures were thinking during this racially charged time back in the 70’s.
At that moment the dream had died, regardless of their dream being dead it had more purpose than being an actual dream it provided inspiration and motivation throughout the book. As it is shown throughout the book the idea of the dream is hard to obtain they are not financially stable. The jobs they have cant support to buy the farm, the dream is a constant reminder of hope and the ability to earn the dream. The overall theme of the book of mice and men was the American Dream and it was present in the book at multiple different points . In the novel Of Mice And Men the theme of the American dream is present throughout the book by being their motivation to work, the dream holds their friendship together, the dream gives them life even if life never allows them to achieve their dreams.
Let the Circle Be Unbroken, a novel by Mildred D. Taylor, portrays the inequality of colored people and the numerous issues they faced in the 1930s. Depending on where one was in the country affected how they were treated; African Americans in the south were often treated worse than those who resided in the north. Either way, they endured back-breaking work, lived through the Great Depression, and were the victims of racism. Although they were no longer slaves, and hadn’t been for several decades, many people refused to see colored people as equal. Mildred D. Taylor took these events into consideration when writing her novel, and in doing so, gave an accurate representation of how life was for colored people in the 1930s.