Of Mice and Men
The Great Depression
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
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.
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.