Of Mice and Men
The Great Depression, The American Dream, and John Steinbeck
The Great Depression
^Source. There is a video explaining how FDR helped us through this financial crisis and how America overcame this.
When Japan attack Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, it led to America declaring war. This expanded industrial production, as well as widespread conscription beginning in 1942, reduced the unemployment rate to below its pre-Depression level. In 1935, Congress passed the Social Security Act, which provided Americans with unemployment for disabilities and pensions for old age. America was slowly coming out of the hard financial state, and becoming a great nation like it was before.
The American Dream
Not only does The Dream stand for success through hard work, but it also includes both personal components and a global vision. Furthermore, it encompasses the opportunity for one's children to grow up and get a good education and career without anything blocking them from pursuing it. It gives the opportunity to make individual choices without restrictions that limited people according to their class, religion, race, et cetera.
Most famous for one of his books Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck was a notorious author for many different books, novels, and short stories. His works normally explored the themes of fate and injustice, usually applying the concept to an everyday protagonist. His first major success was Tortilla Flat and it pertains a group of homeless young men in Monterey after WWI just before the US prohibition. Of Mice and Men was a drama about the dreams of a pair of migrant agricultural laborers in California. Steinbeck was presented with the 1962 Nobel Prize.
John Steinbeck got his passion for writing within his family. His father was a treasurer at Monterey County and his mother was a former school teacher, which shared Steinbeck's passion for reading and writing. When he wasn't writing, he would spend his summers working on nearby ranches and later with migrant workers on sugar beet farms. While working there, he realized the darker side of human nature, to which the idea inspired Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men. It's safe to say that Steinbeck typically wrote about his rather harsh experiences, which they were manipulated into a story.