MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE CHARACTERS IN OF MICE AND MEN CAN BE SEEN AS VICTIMS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER DISCUSS. It was a time of great hardship, a time of extreme poverty during which people struggled to survive. They struggled to put food on the table let alone get some enjoyment from life. They were trapped in a time where little hope existed. Migrant workers had to travel great distances to find work, often there was too little work for too many people.
But it was harder finding work than the story actually portrays. There was a 30 percent unemployment rate, so everyone was trying to find a job quicker than the other. The story plays it out like you could just show up to a ranch and have a good paying job. Wages were so low because there were so many peop... ... middle of paper ... ...fficult life. Some workers could take their whole families but some could not take their families.
On top of these harsh conditions, the sanitation system in these tenements were extremely poor which caused the widespread of diseases, such as cholera. Although their housing condition was bad, it paled in comparison with the working condition in the factories. The working class was composed of farmers who abandoned their rural lifestyles for the industrial cities and job opportunities. Comparing to their previous lifestyle, life in factories was harsh and the workers had to work up to sixteen hours for six or seven days a week with low wages. The workers only got breaks whenever the factory owners permit them and most of the factory owners were Social Darwinism or Rugged Individualism who didn’t care about their workers.
The huge numbers of people living closely together resulted in the standards in which people were living in dropping. The little they were paid wasn’t enough to support, in most cases, a family, or to make up for these terrible conditions, and many ended up faced with living on the streets. The only choice for them was to enter the workhouse. The workhouse was a feared institution; families were split up and in most cases, were never reunited. Their time was mainly spent working, doing jobs such as picking oakum, smashing rocks or working on the treadmill.
Not surprisingly, living condition was also very poor. According to Stephen Crane’s “Maggie: A Girl of The Streets,” working families like Maggie’s often live in slums, where the author described as a “dark region” that has small houses with “gruesome doorways” and dusty windows. Moreover, the buildings were old and fragile due to the deterioration caused by the people living inside them. And, there were all kind of smells and odors haunting every corner of the place. The people who lived at those building were very poor, a lot of them were unemployed because of the great depression occurred in the late nineteenth century – including Maggie’s and Jimmy’s parents.
An average family consists of parents and children but joint families consist of not only parents and children but also extended family like cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Living in this type of household can be extremely difficult because it is harder for working members to feed everyone in the family. Children are too small to work, women have no education, grandparents are too old and the men in the family may have a hard time getting jobs because of the low amount of work opportunities in
As stated in that quote, children had a hard life working in mines and other work places. The pay was also much lower than adult workers in the same factory. Injury was common in work places for kids; they ranged from broken bones to death. The factories had very poor sanitation, which led to... ... middle of paper ... ... increased. Hiring adults decreased the profit for the factory and most adult workers couldn’t fit into the small spaces in-between the machinery.
For those who worked in factories, life wasn’t any better. Workers received very low pay and worked long hours. Some workers had to work seven days a week, and sometimes those workers were children. Workers under 16 had to labor long hours and received even less the pay as an adult. The factories were unsafe as well, so not only were workers receiving low wages, but they also were putting their lives at risks.
Almost a decade later Sam has trouble speaking and has to carry around an oxygen tank. This is a normal couple that got caught in the continuous cycle of payday loans. Like other millions of Americans The Black family settled for shady overpriced short-term loans. Those who struggle with poverty know that there are few opportunities for change and ways to get money. With a growing poverty threshold resulting in massive amounts of poor people living in inadequate living conditions, it makes it hard to obtain the essential life necessities.
Crops sold for ridiculously low amounts of money, and subsistence was a challenge, a challenge that many failed to overcome. The immigrants faced some of the greatest obstacles out of any class at the time. They were discriminated against by the “native-born” Americans and had to face sharp ethnic prejudice. Many immigrants were unskilled laborers and nearly all lived in poverty. These three diverse groups lived very differently from each other and held diverse views on important issues of the time period.