OMAM Group Project

By: Katherine, Ellie, and Iris

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Group Questions

  • How many people were unemployed?

    • 4 million people were unemployed in 1930 by 1931 6 million people were unemployed.

  • What caused the market crash?

    • everybody started borrowing money from the banks to buy stocks and then people didn’t have money to put into more stocks, so the stock market crashed.

  • What area’s were the most impacted?

    • Port cities ; cities that have a lot of trade, and transportation near water, were the most affected.

Link to Modern Day

  • It relates to modern day because in 2007-08 we went through a similar economic crisis, where unemployment was common, but it still wasn’t as bad as the great depression, because the after effects didn’t last as long as. Now we have learned how to prevent it and how to control it when it happens.
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  • ++ The Great Depression relates to today, because we still have stocks & stock crashes.
  • -- It's different from today's world, because now we have less stock crashes, also we can bounce back faster than the Great Depression it took 10 years to bounce back & now it only took us a few years to bounce back in '07.
  • ++ It also relates to OMAM, because in the book they are two people searching for jobs, when finding jobs is hard.
  • -- It also doesn't relate to OMAM, because they don't talk about it that much.

How do we fix it?

  • Today we fix it by creating more jobs for the unemployed, and we now have things to assist people who don't have jobs.]
  • We also have people making the right amount of money, average money.

A Modern Article that relates to the Great Depression

  • This Article relates to the Great Depression, because it shows that both of the Presidents acted in the same way. Also a lot of the same problems occurred like a stock crash and a type of recession after the crash.
  • The article's purpose is to compare & contrast the Great Depression to the Great Recession.


Event 1: Lennie & George are looking for a job.

  • Steinbeck says "For a moment Lennie lay quiet , and then he said hopefully "We gonna work on a ranch, George" (7). --During the Great depression there were a lot of itinerant workers (moving place to place for work).

Event 2: Lennie & George work on a ranch.

  • Steinbeck says "'Say. What the hell's this?' 'I don't know' said the old man,'Says positively kills lice, roaches and other scourges' What the hell kind of bed you giving us, anyways?"(18).-- This relates to the Great depression, because would take any job even if it wasn't the best work place.

Event 3: The jobs didn't pay much which didn't help the men achieve their dreams

  • Steinbeck says "'We gotta get a big stake together. I know a little place we can get cheap, but they ain't givin' it away" (56).-- This shows that the men are dreaming of this life which was hard to get back then.

Event 4: They plan to save there money to buy there own land.

  • Steinbeck said "That'd be four fifty.I bet we could swing her for that. Then you an' Lennie could go get her started an' I'd get a job an' make up the res'"...(60).-- This shows that they are trying to save there money to buy this house, Steinbeck also says "In one month" (61), In one month they are going to save enough money for this house.

Event 5: Crooks explains to Lennie what happens with jobs at the ranch.

  • Steinbeck says "I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on there back an' that same damn thing in their heads" (74). --Crooks talks about all the mea coming for the one thing a job. They all have the same idea that on this ranch they will get a job, because the Great Depression made jobs like that the only jobs people could get.


Theme: Even if you & the world is struggling, it's best to work your hardest to move past hard times.

  • This relates to the great depression in the way that people tried there hardest to work and move past the great depression, also they just wanted to get through it. The theme develops in the story, because they first started working there, then they set dreams to move and own land, but there dream is set back when Lennie.
  • Steinbeck says "'We gotta get a big stake together. I know a little place we can get cheap, but they ain't givin' it away" (56). This piece of evidence describes the theme, because they set this goal that they are going to get this house, and then they talk about how they are going to have to work for it. Life is like that to get things people have to work for them, and they showed that even though they are struggling they are still trying.
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George was a character who showed the main topic of the Great Depression. He's a character who worked hard, and wanted to save money to live his life.

  • Type: Dynamic, when George talks to Slim about how he used to joke with Lennie for his amusement, he now doesn't, and throughout the story he learns to control his temper.

Steinbeck says "I used to have a hell lot of fun with im'. Used to play jokes on 'im 'cause he was too dumb even to know he had a joke played on him"(40).

--This shows that George used o play jokes on him, because Lennie didn't know what was happening or what George was doing.

  • Patterns: He has a short temper, so when Lennie does things wrong he gets mad easily.

Steinbeck says "Where we goin', George?' The little man jerked down the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lennie.'So you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I? Jesus Christ, you're a crazy bastard"(4).

-- George was mad with Lennie when he didn't remember where they were going to. It proves that he has a short temper, because Lennie just forgot one thing and George started yelling at him the second he asked the question.

  • Changes: In the beginning George seems like he's a job hopper, then he actually works to achieve something (getting a house). He also talks about how its always just been him and Lennie, and when he works there he opens up to new people. Steinbeck says "'We gotta get a big stake together. I know a little place we can get cheap, but they ain't givin' it away" (56).

-- He was really determined on the point of getting a house, not just making money, he actually worked for something.

  • Interactions: He is almost violent towards Lennie, he controls him, just so he doesn't get in trouble. With other work members he's very talkative and gets along with most people.

Steinbeck says "What you gonna say tomorrow when the boss asks you questions?Lennie stopped chewing and swallowed. His face was concentrated. 'I...I ain't gonna...say a word' 'Good boy"(15)

-- He controls Lennie by telling him what to do when people say "Good boy" it's usually because they did something the person liked or wanted them to do.


  • Moore, Stephen, and Peter Ferrara. "Beyond Bailout Nation." Weekly Standard. 26 Oct. 2015: 19. eLibrary. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.

    • Stephen Moore is an economic writer, Also Peter Ferrara is a Lawyer. The article was written in 2015, and the page has no ads. There are lots of facts.

  • Murphy, Patrick. "Resuscitate the American dream for all." Chicago Tribune. 22 Oct. 2015: 20. eLibrary. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.

    • Patrick Murphy is a Cook County circuit judge, He also includes lots of facts & statistic.

  • Great Depression (Encyclopedia of Economics). eLibrary. Web. 30 Oct. 2015

    • Gene Smiley emeritus professor of economics at Marquette University. There is a lot of facts on the Great depression.