Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Critical Theory Paper – Historical In January of 1936, John Steinbeck began writing Of Mice and Men in the middle of the largest economic downturn the United States has ever seen and later referred to as, The Great Depression. “Throughout the country the fall off in international trade had closed thousands of small business enterprises, forced small and large farmers off their properties and brought hundreds of little rural communities to the edge of poverty and beyond”. (O 'Connor, 2014) Attempting to bring the world into a fictional panorama, Steinbeck achieved this goal by following the accounts that have unfortunately taken place in the world with a shocking, yet slightly satisfying twist. Although this story is only fiction, it certainly contains the presentiment and agony that most U.S citizens were facing during this incredibly restless era. Nonetheless, the book itself is still fictional. The historical accounts in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and the verisimilitude in the real world are extremely accurate. In Of Mice and Men, the Depression hits George Milton and Lenny Smalls just like it hit every other citizen in the United States. They were Californian migrant workers who moved from farm to farm to acquire some type of payment just to get by. The two men were constantly having to find work, and this was an extremely difficult task considering there was practically no economy to run off of. The action of constantly moving around was commonly referred to…
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