The Great Depression
Who is John Steinbeck?
Of Mice and Men
The book had been published in 1937, right around the time the world was in the grip of the Great Depression.
The book had been published in 1937, right around the time the world was in the grip of the Great Depression.In California, there were economic and social problems that increasingly concerned Steinbeck and provided material for three novels about agricultural workers. The novel is actually a dark tale, a parable of men journeying through a world of pitfalls and brutal, inhumane experiences. Their dreams seem all but doomed, obstacles block their ways, happiness appears to be an impossibility, and human handicaps affect their hopes. When the novel begins, we are treated to a forest scene with the sunshine on the pond and the gentle breeze in the willow trees promising that life is good. But soon after, that nature scene is replaced by a human world that contains jealousy, cruelty, loneliness, rootlessness, longing for land, and shattered dreams.