Of Mice and Men:Background Info
The Great Depression, The American Dream, and John Steinbeck
The Great Depression
Furthermore, without investments and purchasing of goods, companies began to slow down production and fire workers that were no longer needed. The lucky few workers that had kept there jobs suffered from wages being decreased. Overall, many families and people across the nation suffered in debt and exhaustion during this time period.
The American Dream
In the mid to late 1900s, word of the American dream began to spread nationwide and many immigrants moved to The United States in hopes that this dream could become their reality. However, many people had different views on the overall concept of the American Dream. For example, many people determined this "dream" as a pursuit of working really hard, gaining money, and buying luxuries such as a large house or fancy car but have less time to enjoy it all because they are working so much. Others argue that the American Dream does not account for the poor who have to work up to two separate jobs to stay afloat and support their families. Finally, most immigrants focused more on the less stressful happiness aspect rather than the financial way of life.
Although John had been popular before, the ultimate peak of his success lied in his literary novel, Tortilla Flat. This story was about the adventures of a group of relatively homeless young men in California post World War 2. They were compared and portrayed as to mythical knights on a journey that revolved around wine, crazy problems, and lust. Consumers all over the nation ate his book up and loved every minute of it. His career only grew from there! Later on, he began to write and publish his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and many other books that students and adults still read today, about 75 years later!
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