Poverty destroyed the nation during the late 1930’s in what would later be known as the Great Depression. This Great Depression was a period of time after the stock market crash that left society broke. It caused many to starve, more to die, and outright loneliness to spread. Loneliness was one of the major effects of the Great Depression. This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men.
In Of Mice and Men segregation was a terrible event that occurred throughout the story, thankfully segregation does not happen today and people can live and learn with different races. Also, another event that was happening in the book was the workforce, Crooks was not able to work with the white men and he got a worse job than what they got because of his skin color, this problem does not happen today anymore and African-Americans and whites are treated the same in work. However, racism does still occur in this century today and people are still being called by bad names. In the book Of Mice and Men it shows a good representation about how African-Americans were being treated in the 1930’s and it shows us how far we have came by treating African-Americans
Throughout the novel, Steinbeck suggests that societal discrimination, based on any factor, will lead an individual to become bitter, desperate and isolated. The individuals within the novel are greatly affected by the discrimination which is shown through their interactions with other people as well as the emotions and ideas they offer. Bitterness stems from the unjust and terrible treatment someone has been put through in the past. In Of Mice and Men, bitterness within the characters are not only visible when it comes to their interactions with each other, but it is also shown throughout the character's ever growing personality traits. Sexism is evident when it comes to the relationships that the men have with Curley’s wife.
John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, takes place during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, in the Salinas Valley, California. It establishes the prospect of the American Dream, discrimination,loneliness, and disenfranchisement through its characters. George and Lennie provided the value of the American Dream, to which the leading female role, Curley’s wife, represents how women are exempt from the American Dream, and appeared as less than equal to men. She developed a form of loneliness throughout the course of the novel. The novella seeks to demonstrate the way of which life was like for the characters of all different statuses and backgrounds.
Discrimination Present in Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck was born at the beginning of the twentieth century and experienced the turning point of many eras that are evidenced throughout his writings. Steinbeck lived through the strong economic years during World War I, the dirt poor years of the Great Depression, and even saw the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s; all of his dreams for these decades are evidenced in his works, more specifically, Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men is set in the 1920’s in the Salinas Valley of California. Other writers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, char-acterize the 1920’s as a fun decade with a booming economy filled with men rising from rags to riches, but Steinbeck shows how life was for men
In conclusion, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck furthers Steinbeck’s speech by illustrating how dreams can be crushed, as well as people feeling lonely and worthless when they are discriminated against, whether it be racism or sexism. By illustrating what happens when these isms are present in society, Steinbeck is demonstrating exactly why they should not be existent. Discrimination has lasting negative effects that can only be prevented by treating everyone as equals. To end, a n unknown wise man once said “Treat the janitor with the same respect as the
Emma Siu English 9 Ms. Mueller April 19, 2017 Two Truths, One Lie: Steinbeck’s attempt in displaying historical and cultural elements through Of Mice and Men Picture, constantly living in fear that someone could come barging in the middle of the night, coming to lynch you. Picture, not living at all, being cooped up in a house all day, not being able to do anything and living a life of boredom. In the early 1930’s, the Great Depression is in its mits and racial minorities are fearful for their lives, women’ role in society is miniscule and the mentally challenged are being institutionalized. Throughout John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, he accurately represents the historical and cultural elements presented in the 1930’s, including:
The discrimination of people can affect a person 's well-being. In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, two men are searching for jobs, during the Great Depression. The catalyst for the story is discrimination. When the main characters are searching for work, Lennie, one of the men, gets into an accident, which forces Lennie and his friend George to leave work and the town. Throughout the story, Steinbeck creates vivid scenes which depict the quotidian lives of two very typical men and the consequences of ordinary actions.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck in 1937. Steinbeck gave us in this story a vivid view of the style of life after the world crises on ninety twenty-nine; People were trying to survive by working in ranches. Even Steinbeck was a traveler who was working in ranches at the time. The story in this novella is about two characters who traveler together, which was uncommon at the time. George and Lennie were totally opposites in character and their size of body and their capacity of mind.