Of Mice and Men Context Assignment
Created by: Avery Power
John Steinbeck - Author of "Of mice and Men"
Soon after that, Steinbeck start writing "California Novels" which were based off of people during the Great Depression. Of Mice and Men was on of those novella. In the book, John expresses different dreams that were mentioned by commoners during his time of collected information. Each character emphasizes a different typical dream for the 20th century time period. John Steinbeck, 1962, won the Nobel Prize and then later died in 1968 but, left us with incredible novels.
The idea of the American Dream has changed over the course of time, and includes both personal pieces (such as ownership of a home, etc.) and global vision. Dating back to 1774, the idea of the American Dream came about in pioneer life. They thought of the American Dream to be “the Lands further off are still better than those upon which they are already settled in.” The Americans believed that the American Dream was the land more out westward and the “good land of the unknown.”
Another idea given to what the American Dream was is the German point of view in the 19th century. They believed that the American Dream was political freedom and “hierarchical or aristocratic society” that determined the limitation for one's individual aspirations. They came into a free country that is the total opposite of what they are coming from which makes them think they are living the dream when in fact, to many people, they are. The American Dream that is mentioned in the book is the American Dream 20th century version which is the century that is set in the book. In the 20th century an American Dream could be having no prejudice anymore toward race of a person, that dream could be from someone of any race in America or that is coming to America.