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John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows George Milton and Lennie Small as they attempt to survive the destitution of the Great Depression. The two travel together, making them different from the rest of the ranch workers, who are alone in their hardships. However, their relationship is more complex than the surface: it presents a power struggle with the ulterior motive to help oneself. Through the characterization of the ranch workers, Steinbeck makes a claim about human’s innate characteristics: people in power will use their status in order to solidify their position over the weak. Through George and Lennie’s relationship, Steinbeck exemplifies a power struggle in which the stronger of the two, George, prevails over the other.
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.
Troubled and suffering from poverty, a man struggles with the chance at great wealth and proving his extraordinary place in the world. In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov is depicted enduring the struggle of frustration with his immoral actions, and subsequent mental deterioration following the murder of a pawnbroker. What most don’t look at, is the numerous instances in which Raskolnikov’s psyche can be used for an in-depth analysis of the work as a whole. By analyzing specific instances in the novel, the mental stability of Raskolnikov is revealed, and his true motivation and his inability to see the true cruelty of his crimes can be explained. By analyzing Raskolnikov’s irrational actions and arrogant personality,
In the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, he writes about two men one named Lennie and one named George having a dream, but is ruined through the troubles of Lennie 's doings. This book was written in the 1930’s talking about migrant workers and how they survived through that era. In that era all migrant workers preferably work alone, but with George and Lennie they stick together because Lennie is a more challenged person so he doesn 't know his wrong doings which causes lots of trouble for George. On page 94, one of the most significant passages is written on having a dialogue between George and Candy about how they were unable to get the farm because Lennie had ruined their chances of getting it. Steinbeck creates a motif of loneliness through the different characters he writes about, ties in different strands of the story to make one storyline, and foreshadows events to come.
The setting of Of Mice and Men is in California during the Great Depression. “By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its nadir, some 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed.” – History. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrays George as a normal migrant worker during the 1930s, which is why society is eminently stunned by his loyalty to Lennie. His internal conflict shows what it means to be human and surrounds around his loyalty to Lennie and the freedom he could have if he traveled alone.
Showing the inequality of poor and the rich because many families were not able to do the same thing the Carraway. The American Dream believes that anybody able to become successful if you work hard enough. But that 's not truly shown by the example above giving the poor a disadvantage. Daisy who is crazy rich and the lover of Gatsby and the wife of pro footballer Tom tells a story about one of her butlers as an extra job was polishing silver till it ruined his nose because of the strong odors showing that wealth consumes the poor. The butler was willing to destroy his health for money, which is ridiculous.
He re-wrote not only his own fate but also Tiny Tims, as he will now survive. In a society Scrooge would symbolize the upper class, the greedy men and women who care only for themselves and for their money. He shows how greed can ruin someone 's life, but also how they can turn around for the better. Dickens shows us that compassion is what drives, someone to enjoy the company of someone else, that how we act reflects on the people and world around you. Sometimes we have to be sure to understand when we ourselves are being greedy and ultimately, not be a
In his seminal work, Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays wretched conditions inflicting the lives of lower class people amid class-struggle in 1940s America. Miller sets the story during the great financial depression in the US , in between times after World War I and around World War II, though his characters hardly speak about the trauma of two World Wars. Miller earns an enormous success by putting an ordinary salesman as the protagonist in his play instead of putting a man of social nobility. In the play, Miller depicts his central character, Willy Loman as a destitute salesman struggling to rise up the social ladder in a capitalist society, who remains deluded by a 'dream of success ' and takes on a relentless pursuit of happiness that eventually brings his tragic demise. Though some critics speak in favor of the popular account of the cause of his death being his excessive obsession with so called the American dream and the 'capitalist oppression ' ; however, many still refuse to ascribe the cause of his death to capitalist oppression, which I will use synonymously with American dream here.
It didn’t help that the slave duty was at a whopping twenty percent. This only brought the farmers into more debt with which their tobacco could not render enough profit to get them out of. According to William Allason, the poor farmers were dedicated to lowering the duty on slaves as low as possible as opposed to shutting down the slave trade altogether, for the farmers needed hands to cultivate their product. (Holton, 71) Britain sided with the gentry’s
On the other hand, some may argue that the economic state during the Depression is not accurately represented due to how seemingly fair the characters are living. Yet, many of the character complain about their financial situation, such as when Atticus tells Scout they are indeed poor or when on chapter 24 page 312 Mrs. Merriweather exclaims about her maid Sophy, “It’s never entered that wool of hers that the only reason I keep her is because this depression’s on and she needs her dollar and a quarter every week she can get it.” These moments in the book sublimely point out the effects of the recession, such as low wages. On average during the 1920’s, maids made around twenty-five cents per hour, adding to a total of seven to twelve dollars a week (‘Monthly Labor Review by United States’ v11 no5. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
On October 24, 1929, also known as ‘Black Thursday’, one of the greatest economic and social crisis in the United States of America begun. On that day more than 12 and half million shares of stock were sold, which was triple the usual amount. Next, over the following 4 days, the stock market prices fell 23 percent. Afterwards, the Americans had to face suffering and obstacles for the next 10 years. In 1933, the unemployment had risen from 3 percent to 25 percent of nation’s workforce and those who were able to keep their jobs faced harsh reductions in wages.
In what way is poverty important in the novel? Poverty is significant in the novel as it expresses how they were living in 1937, is shows how they lived and what they did for jobs and an income. The great depression shows poverty through the wall street crash. 15.5 million were unemployed by march 1933, which was around the time is was set . George and Lennie are traveling to soledad, to a ranch to find work.