The Great Depression and of Mice & Men

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The book Of Mice and Men was written by author John Steinbeck. The genre of this book is based on tragedy and historical fiction. The setting of the book, Of Mice and Men, takes place in the Salinas Valley in northern California. The time setting of this book is in the mid-1930s during the great depression. The main characters of the novel are Lennie Small; a large man with the mentality of a child, and George; a good hearted man and motherly type figure to Lennie. The two men, as many others during this time period, are not doing financially well. They work on a farm and live in a bunk house. The men have to work to make a living otherwise they could not survive. The Great Depression influenced John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men greatly.

John Steinbeck was born February 27th, in 1902, and died on December 20th, 1968. John Steinbeck’s novels can all be classified as social novels dealing with economic problems. (http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1962/steinbeck-bio.html). The Great Depression was an economic crisis that started with the stock market in 1929. The Great Depression was an immense tragedy that put millions of Americans out of work or unemployed. The great depression was the beginning of government involvement in the economy and society as a whole. The day the stock market crashed is known as the beginning of this horrific event. On October 29th, 1929, the United States was thrown into an economic despair which is also known as Black Tuesday. “During the Great Depression, millions of people were out of work across the United States. Unable to find another job locally, many unemployed people hit the road, traveling from place to place, hoping to find some work. The farmers who had lost their homes and land usually headed west to California, where they heard rumors of agricultural jobs.” (history1900s.about.com › ... › Decade By Decade › 1930s).

The novel, Of Mice and Men, is based on the influential time period...
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