Of Mice and Men
By: Gwen Litwak
The Great Depression
Opposing the popular belief that World War II ended the Great Depression, the sharp reduction in spending, taxing and regulation at the end of the war ended economic crisis. It is true that unemployment rates did lower at the start of the war, but that was only because of the sending of millions of young men to fight, and die, in the war, making the statistics inaccurate. After the war was over, we could see there were many better ways of creating more jobs and reducing unemployment.
The American Dream
The American Dream is different for everyone. But, it is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to reach success. In a time of such loss and hopelessness, the American Dream gave hope to those who needed it most. It inspired many to go out to the west to live life as a farmer, hoping to thrive off of selling their own goods. The American Dream created inspiration for the people of America to fix the current economic status.
His first critical success sold 26,000 copies during its first year, in 1935, the middle of the Great Depression. His next big success was Of Mice and Men, published in 1937, was a best seller immediately. His broadway adaptation won him the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award. The reason for John Steinbeck's great success was what he wrote was realistic and relatable for the people during the era of the Great Depression. It gave them a sense of hope and they found sentimental value in the friendship of the characters, making up for the things that they didn't have.
-National Steinbeck Center: http://www.steinbeck.org/pages/john-steinbeck-biography
The American Dream:
-Mini Bio. John Steinbeck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3irviknt-fg
-John Steinbeck Center: http://www.steinbeck.org/pages/john-steinbeck-biography