John Steinbeck, an American novelist, is well-known for his familiar themes of depression and loneliness. He uses these themes throughout a majority of his novels. These themes come from his childhood and growing up during the stock market crash. A reader can see his depiction of his childhood era. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows the prominent themes of loneliness, the need for relationships, and the loss of dreams in the 1930s through the novels’ character.
In the Roaring Twenties, people started buying household materials and stocks that they could not pay for in credit. Farmers, textile workers, and miners all got low wages. In 1929, the stock market crashed. All of these events started the Great Depression. During the beginning of the Great Depression, 9000 banks were closed, ending nine million savings accounts. This lead to the closing of eighty-six thousand businesses, a European depression, an overproduction of food, and a lowering of prices. It also led to more people going hungry, more homeless people, and much lower job wages. There was a 28% increase in the amount of homeless people from 1929 to 1933. And in the midst of the beginning of the Great Depression, President Hoover did nothing to improve the condition of the nation. In 1932, people decided that America needed a change. For the first time in twelve years, they elected a democratic president, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Immediately he began to work on fixing the American economy. He closed all banks and began a series of laws called the New Laws. L...
Of Mice and Men is a colorful piece of American literature that depicts the lives of multiple individuals in the Great Depression over the course of a few days. The author, John Steinbeck, approaches several themes and topics throughout the novel and really makes the reader think and ponder over the issues being discussed. One key theme that is always present in Of Mice and Men is the idea of loneliness. In the novel loneliness can be found in the relationships characters have with others, sexism, and racism. Even the town that the novel takes place in is Soledad, which is Spanish for loneliness. Of Mice and Men accurately shows the hardships that loneliness can inflict on people in the Great Depression and even today and is a topic that a myriad of readers can connect with and sympathies for.
Ambrose Bierce once said “Prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.” (This quote goes along with exactly what Steinbeck portrays throughout his well-known novel “Of Mice and Men.” As Steinbeck is writing the story he has many different goals, trying to show just how difficult it was for workers and people during the Great Depression era, and also help the reader better understand and connect with each character (Attell). He uses the many different character personalities to present major themes throughout, two of the major themes being powerlessness and prejudice towards many of the characters. During this time it was extremely difficult for individuals to find and have a set place to
The book “Of Mice and Men” was published in 1937 by John Steinbeck. It is one of Steinbeck 's influential novels. The book talks about lonely lives of two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small. Of Mice and Men shows the impact of the “Great Depression” had on many American 's ability to succeed financially. John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men in order to express his social conscience about America in the 1930 's. Of Mice and Men is a novel about dreams, friendship, loneliness, and hope. Through the memorable characters of George and Lennie, Steinbeck painted a portrait about friendship that we all can learn from.
The power of novels can allow readers to learn significant lessons about humanity and life experiences. Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men” set in Americas great depression of the 1930’s, explores the human need for company and the impact of loneliness. This is shown through the characters experiences of power and powerlessness on a barley ranch in California. Steinbeck shows his readers the need for compassion in times of cruelty, emphasised by the desperation of the era which the novel is set.
During the Great Depression it was difficult to maintain a job, let alone support a friend. Despite this, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men characters, George Milton and Lennie Smalls, manage to stick together and support each other through hard times. Steinbeck uses characterization through hard times to develop the importance of friendship. In Steinbeck’s novel, these two unusual friends stick together, even though it means sacrificing their own dream for friendship.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. (Source C) As shocking as this dream is, here’s another: “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”. (Source C) All these dreams. All of these powerful and hopeful dreams being dreamt. But for what cause. The Outcasts and blacks both have to survive every day against the odds. With racial tolerance
The great depression lasted from 1929-1939. In 1929 the stock market had crashed and the continuous drop of economics had further ensured the beginning of the depression.Over the next several years 4 million americans couldn’t find jobs in 1930 and by 1931 it had rose to 6 million while the country’s industrial production had dropped by half.If you were the lucky few who kept their jobs wages would be decreased immensely.With the lack of jobs, Soup kitchens, breadlines, and homeless people became more common.Farmers couldn’t even afford to harvest their crops so they left them rotting out in the field, and someone else starving. Many banks were failing, and despite the Hoover administration’s attempts many banks had to close or fire even more workers. (History.com staff, 2009, Great Depression).
How does power change the way that people think about you? In the book Of Mice and Men it shows how power changes the way people treat you.The more power you have the higher in authority you are. Having less or no power will entitle you to less respect.Or maybe that’s not always the case. Curley had power and respect because of his money what if one day lost all of his money would other people still respect him? Do people actually respect Curley, for who he is? Why can you have power over some people but not others? The more power you have does not entitle you to respect.
The daily struggle of the working class, fear of loneliness and the reality of putting all your energy into plans that fail are the different themes relating to John Steinbeck's novel, "Of Mice and Men". The characters depicted by the author are individuals who are constantly facing one obstacle after another. The book illustrates different conflicts such as man versus society, man versus man, man versus himself and idealism versus reality. The book's backdrop is set in the Salinas, California during the depression. The two main characters include two men, George and Lennie. Supportive characters include a few ranch hands, Candy, Crooks, Curly, Slim and Carlson.
The novel, Of Mice and Men, describes a story of two friends, George Milton and Lennie Small. Lennie is a strong, large but mentally disabled man, and George is his caretaker. Set during the Great Depression, this story describes two ranch workers who toil to save money to buy their own ranch. Due to his mental limitations, Lennie often causes trouble at the places he works, causing the duo to flee from ranch to ranch. When the story takes place, Lennie has accidently broken the neck of Curley, their boss’s daughter-in-law. Out for revenge, Curley leads a mob and vows to lynch Lennie. George, who desires to protect Lennie, is unsure what he should do.
I have been analysing the novella ‘Of Mice and men’ by John Steinbeck, which was published in 1937. Steinbeck wrote the novel based on his own experiences as a bindle stiff in the 1920’s, around the same time when the great Wall Street crash happened, causing an immense depression in America. Throughout the novel he uses a recurring theme of loneliness in his writing, which may have reflected his own experiences at this time. This is evident in his writing by the way he describes the characters, setting and language in the novel.
"Were born alone we live alone die alone. Only through love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that were not alone” Orson Welles. In this novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck focuses on the loneliness of California ranch life in the 1930’s. One of the most important things in the life is to have a friend, without friends people will suffer from loneliness like in this novel, not everyone in the novel has the same connection and special friendship like George and Lennie’s. Of Mice and Men is the story about lonely men who travel from ranch to ranch not really communicating with other ranch hands. Candy, Crooks and Curley’s wife all were lonely and dealt with their loneliness in different ways.