The Great Depression in of Mice & Men

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The Great Depression of Mice and Men

The Great Depression was a time of hardship for everybody especially ranch workers. It prevented people from living the life they desired. Many people lived in poverty switching between jobs. Eventually people, like Lennie and George, began searching for jobs in California, in fact “thousands flocked to California”. People were in search of jobs as migrant workers for fruit and vegetable fields. When there was an opening for one man, there would be at least ten men competing for it. They were willing to work for extremely low wages, even just for food. So it was important for George and Lennie to keep their job in order to earn the money to save up for their farm.  Such a condition where men are trapped and are in terrible economic conditions helps to create an emotional climate where people do not rely on others.  It is also the reason why Lennie and George's friendship is so unique, something that strikes everyone that they meet.  In a time where so few bonds are honoured because of the desire for something better and something that feeds self interest, Lennie and George demonstrate a bond that is very rare, this almost makes everyone suspicious because so very few would travel with company.  African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and women were bitterly discriminated and the hardest hit during the Great Depression. They were looked at as the groups that could take jobs away from white men. Crooks represents this factor as he himself was a black American who was margined from the rest of the ranch workers because back then discrimination against black people wasn’t abolished yet meaning they were segregated from the white people which meant they couldn’t find work. They were treated very poorly and were considered one level up from animals. , The fact that Curley's wife is able to spit so much of venom at Crooks and Candy in chapter four is representative of the fact that both men especially crooks who...
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