John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men ' And ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

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During the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of lives were changed. These changes resulted in financial ruin, loneliness, and loss of hope. Loneliness plagued many, as their farms were taken and they were forced to migrate to find a better life. John Steinbeck traveled around the country and worked as an unskilled laborer, working in the shoes of those he would later write about. Although Steinbeck grew up in a middle-class family in Salinas, California, he came to recognize the toils and hardships of laborers when he was a high school student, as he worked on a sugar beet farm alongside migrant workers. The bleak human condition of loneliness and the importance of community is shown throughout John Steinbeck’s…show more content…
An ' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that 's why.” George and Lennie have a dream that sets them apart from the average migrant worker who mechanically goes through each day with nothing to look forward to. That dream is of a farm they own, crops that they benefit from, and labor that directly benefits them. Lennie’s inquiry in Of Mice and Men, “George, how long 's it gonna be till we get that little place an ' live on the fatta the lan '- an ' rabbits?” shows that both Lennie and George have something to look forward to and work for. This dream of theirs immediately brought up suspicion and jealousy from within the bunkhouse because nobody else on the ranch has anything to look forward to, further intensifying their loneliness. Lennie tried to explain his relationship with George to Crooks in chapter four. Crooks then tried to explain his loneliness to Lennie and how he has nobody to talk to. Lennie did not understand Crooks’ loneliness, even after Crooks explained it to him. Secondly, even though Lennie is mentally retarded and imposes a burden upon George, George would rather have him as company than nobody. The connection between Candy’s dog and Lennie can be seen during a thorough reading of the novel. Both Candy and George are put into a position of caring for living things that
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