The Great Depression is comparable to Lennie and George's life. I would
like to give a comparison of George Milton and Lennie Small to the Great
Depression. The time that this story took place was during the Great Depression.
John Steinbeck captured the reality of this most difficult time.
During the Great Depression people needed to travel together to share
chores and duties to make a living until something better came along. That is
the way George and Lennie traveled. They traveled together to take care of each
other but George took care of Lennie the most, because he was always getting in
trouble. "You do bad things and I got to get you out." (Of Mice and Men p.11).
During the Great Depression money was very scarce. You had to travel around to
find a job in order to make money to survive. Lennie and George were in that
type of predicament. Keeping enough money until the next job was difficult
because prices were rising during the Great Depression and you had to budget
your money. During this depression most people worked on farms because after
the stock market crashed people realized that the reason the stock market
crashed was because farms were not producing enough goods. People started to
work on farms more to help everyone. Lennie and George worked for ranches and
also in the fields. "He's a good skinner. He can rassel grain bags, drive a
cultivator. He can do anything." (Of Mice and Men p.22).
If you really look closely, George and Lennie's way of life and the
Great Depression have a good deal in common. George and Lennie were outcasts
in life. George Milton was small in size and a very smart man compared to
Lennie. He was actually only of average intelligence. Lennie Small was a large
person and very retarded. Since Lennie was so retarded he did not grasp the
things that were happening around him. For example, if someone became upset
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