Of Mice And Men Theme Essay

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In this novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck focuses on the loneliness of California ranch life in the 1930’s which was also in the Great depression time. One of the most important things in the life is to have a friend, without friend’s people will would be very effected by loneliness and different moods like in this novel, not everyone in the novel has the same relationship and a great friendship like George and Lennie’s. Of Mice and Men is the story about lonely men who travel from ranch to ranch and they do not connect with other ranch hands. This novel will show you how the great depression effect a lot of people moods and how it talks about the friendship, characters and setting.
John Steinbeck makes the characters all different and
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For example, George does not tell Lennie he loves him, but instead he knows what Lennie loves and talks about and tell stories about rabbit farms to keep his Lennie excited and happy. Also, in the book there is a woman who is Curley’s wife and she cannot show how bored and over she is in her marriage, so instead she hides from Curley whenever she can and hangs out with many of the other men she meets. One last character is Candy. Candy cannot admit that he is attached to his aging dog, so he makes plenty of excuses or tries to change the subject when the other men bring it up and talks about putting his dog out of its misery. The characters hide their strongest feelings while they work and show different feelings of what they don’t feel. This is what the Great Depression would do to you if you lived in…show more content…
In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and rising levels of unemployment as failing companies laid off workers. 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. Though the relief and reform measures put into place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the economy would not fully turn around until after 1939, when World War II kicked American industry into high gear” (History.com). This shows what the charters had to go through around this time and how it was so hard to keep a job and simple be happy with life. This caused so many problems through everybody in their relationship with each other and their family and

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