Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

The Great Depression

The Great Depression occurred right after the 1920's (1929-1939), which was the a high point in America's economic history. The 20's were filled with jazz, dancing, and lush clothes and expensive homes. Then the 30's hit, revealing all of the serious flaws in the American society that had been covered since the industrial revolution. Wall street houses the New York stock exchange, which is where the stock market crashed by an astounding amount


President Harford Hoover who was in office for the beginning of this economic crash. President Roosevelt followed in office in these rough times carrying us through WWII. President Roosevelt went to great lengths to get the economy back on track. But, the biggest reason why the 30's was also one of the biggest comebacks was because of the people. They still had the strong pioneer spirit. They knew they couldn't sit back and watch everything come crashing down, instead they must fight through it and have hope for the future.

The American Dream

The American Dream has so many different meaning to different people. Back when America was first starting out and people were immigrating "to the land of opportunity", this idea of the American dream was extremely relevant. Everyone from all different ethnic backgrounds believed that they had the chance to work hard, and earn a healthy and happy living. In other places around the world, there was war and sickness and oppression, foreigners looked to America as their safe haven where they could be whatever they wanted as long as they worked hard enough.


This is also how America got the nickname of "Melting Pot". It is a place where everyone could come and supposedly not be discriminated against. Of course, there was still racism and prejudice, but it was much better then where they had been before for many. This drive to keep pursuing a better future is the foundation upon which America was built on and why we are so well respected around the world today. We came, we saw, and we conquered. This is the American dream.

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was an American Author and Nobel prize winner well known for writing several novels such as Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, and most famously, Grapes of Wrath. He was born on February 27th, 1902, in Salinas Valley California. This is important because where he grew up and a major role in why he made the majority of his books take place in his homeland. The Monterey bay area was a beautiful area covered in lush farms and right by the gorgeous Pacific ocean.


In his story Grapes of Wrath, there is a family who lives on a farm during the Great Depression. After losing everything, they decide to move Westward in search of a better life. Along the way, they are put through tough situations in which could either make or break a family. John Steinbeck's works all have common themes. Family and friendship are all common themes found in his works. He believes in trust and faith between loved ones, and it is imperative you always stick together no matter the circumstances. In addition, he expresses his political/social view throughout his novels. An example is from Cannery Row, when the Chinese immigrants are looked down upon because of their background These are just a handful of his views and themes placed into his literary works.

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