The Importance of the American Dream to John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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The Importance of the American Dream to John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men The novella, 'Of Mice and Men' was written in 1937 in Salinas, California. It was written by John Steinbeck who himself was born in Salinas in 1902. Adjacent to the Salinas River, much of the town's commerce is centred upon shipping and agriculture and specifically vegetable farming. Early in the century many people were migrating to California, and many were trying to succeed in farming. One of Steinbeck's jobs was as a ranch worker. While digging canals Steinbeck was afforded his first opportunity to meet and observe this class of unskilled labourers who would later inhabit much of his work. Steinbeck was a lonely, modest…show more content…
This is important as it shows the distinct contrast between the description of the brush and the ranch and the society at the time the novella was written. This is because at the ranch the life of a migrant farm worker was intensely lonely and this is a key theme in the novella which is of isolation. There was monotony and hopelessness of everyday life for the workers at the ranch. At the time there was a Great Depression because in 1929 the Wall Street crash meant there was social distress as share prices plummeted. This can be linked with the novella as the people at the time were hopeless and lost their jobs. In the novella Lennie and George are the two main protagonists and are typical of two itinerate workers who have a hopeless lifestyle of looking for work to keep themselves alive but aspired to a dream for hope and a vision for the future as a contrast to the stark reality of their live, just like the people in America at the time. At the time when the novella was written, immigrants where flooding into America from places like Sicily, by the idea that America were the land of 'Golden Opportunity.' The American idea was thought to allow men and women to make renewed start in their lives. The reality was that the American Dream was often characterised to be an unattainable ideal. This is also an example of what happens in the play 'A View From The Bridge' where Rodolfo and
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