Prejudice as the Central Theme in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The 1930s were a time of hardship for the American people. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and subsequent depression meant that many people were homeless and unemployed. This led to widespread migration to the farmlands of California. Migrant workers flocked to the ranches, desperate for work. When they arrived at a ranch many felt intimidated and overwhelmed by the situation. Those in positions of power looked
In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men characters in the novel are segregated by sex, race, and age, physical and mental disabilities. John Steinbeck portrays the intolerance and bigotry of 1930’s America through the separation of his characters based on their handicaps. Lennie, Candy, Candy’s dog, Curley’s wife and Crooks all face social pressure from the other characters on the ranch based on their intelligence, physical disability, age, sex and color. Stereotyping based on ethnic or physical
Of Mice and Men and The Pearl: Characterization What is depth, and what does it mean? Depth is the extent, the intensity, depth is a distinct level of detail. When someone talks about depth of characterization, they are talking about the level of intensity that someone is using in order to describe a character. John Ernst Steinbeck, in The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath describes many of his main characters in great depth. Steinbeck and Characterization
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck "There is a strong moral thread running through of mice and men which we can identify generally as concern for the underdog."-Jim Taylor (It is possible to feel concern for nearly all the main characters in the novel. With what aspects of their lives do we sympathise and to what extent do we feel that sympathy?) 'Of mice and men' is based in 1920s America, explores the life of migrant farm workers and similarly their struggle
Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men has been described as a protest statement Steinbeck’s novel, “Of Mice and Men” has been described as a protest statement. To what extent do you think that this is true? Steinbeck protest’s about the way that several different types of people were treated during the early nineteenth century. He protests against the treatment of the mentally retarded, cripples, African American people and the viewing of women as possessions. He does this by creating a character
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born on 27 Feb 1902 in Salinas, California, not far from the area where Of Mice and Men is set. He attended Stanford University, but never settled to one area of study and left without obtaining a degree. In his twenties, he pursued a varied working life, including that of an itinerant ranch worker, similar to the characters portrayed in the novel. His early writings had some success, and established him as an author interested in
American dream. Fitzgerald manages to evoke the spiritual insolvency of the valley through the glaring imagery of the `spasms of dust' and the `foul river', generating a world built furtively and inescapably by the hands of the faceless `ash-grey men' screened by `the impenetrable cloud' of dust. It is a world of stratified shades of grey, where all will ultimately return to nature in the form of the primal matter of ash. It has often been suggested that Fitzgerald's valley `recalls the moral wilderness'