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 novels, ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ through George and Lennie’s choice of sticking together and the other characters’ sense of loneliness in ‘Of Mice and Men,’ and the importance of community unity in ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ to show human perseverance and determination in spite of obstacles.
In the novel, ‘Of Mice and Men,’ the two main characters, George and Lennie, met in early childhood and stayed together as companions until death. First, George and Lennie’s companionship was not common of the migrant worker during the Great Depression or even now, in the present day. George has been with Lennie as a child and goes out of his way to protect him. This shows commitment not common in migrant workers. George explains to…
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