Of Mice And Man Context Infographic

By Trijal Kaistha

The Great Depression occurred in the 1930s which was an economic crisis. This decade long financial crisis affected countries like North America, Western Europe, etc. Sometime around October 1929 the New York Stock Exchange stock priced made a cataclysmic fall which is said to be the main reason for the Depression.

Approximately 89 percent of the stock prices declined stated by historians and economists. The economy became so bad that it started to bankrupt investors and loot the stock of banks. The Depression was powerful enough to bring the number of operating banks of 25,000 as of 1929 to 11,000 as of 1933.

The impact of the The Great Depression was an immense conception to the World Economy. It had been negatively affecting other countries too.

The Great Depression was such an mammoth event that till this day people study/learn about it. This knowledge that the new generation is taught will shape the 21st century and the generations further.

The Great Depression
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The American Dream

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States of America. It is a set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) where freedom also provides the luxury of opportunities for achievement and prosperity. The American Dream is also implied in the Declaration of Independence which declares that "all men are equal" with the right to "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness".

The American Dream is the goals people set for themselves to accomplish to live an improved healthy life. For example people used to set self fulfillment, freedom and meaningful relationships as their goals. This dream helps people live how they want to live to be happy. No class or racism can stop the path they have paved to success and happiness.

·What is the American Dream?
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John Steinbeck (biggest literary works and themes)

Major Works:

  • In Dubious Battle
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • East of Eden
  • Travels with Charley


John Steinbeck show multiple themes in his major works. Like in Of Mice and Men Steinbeck had embedded themes like barriers, powerlessness, fate, etc. It seems like a pattern that he has in each of his pieces is that the main characters have a Man vs. Self problem. In Of Mice and Men it also has the element of Man vs. Society.

One of his biggest Works (Of Mice and Men & The Grapes of Wrath) consisted great themes that it was turned into films.

Revision for 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck Linking Themes and Characters
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