The Role Of Poverty In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men argues that poverty is necessary for a society to continue functioning, despite its harsh and psychologically damaging effects on its victims. The wealthy are the ones exploiting the poor individual’s labor and other tasks for their own benefit and success. Steinbeck uses the experiences of the characters to develop the feeling of empathy for the characters’ unfortunate encounters. In both Curley and the boss’ case, they seemingly looking out for their own cause and ignoring the position their workers are put under. George even states how if he and “Lennie work a month…[they’ll] have a hundred bucks” (30). A short and sincere statement reveal how difficult it was for migrant workers after the Great Depression
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