Theme Of Powerlessness In Of Mice And Men

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Award winning novel, Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 by author John Steinbeck. Set in Salinas Valley, the novel follows migrants George Milton and Lennie Small on their journey for work during Great Depression. Embodying an array of themes such as loneliness and responsibility, the dominant key themes throughout the novel is powerlessness. Shown through the economy, gender discrimination and mental disabilities, the theme of powerlessness relates to all of the characters in different ways.
Set during the Great Depression, Steinbeck shows powerlessness through the economy at the time. The Great Depression was a financial crash that occur in the 1930s which caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Many fled to the area of California as it was the furthest away from the crash and this is where the author has set the story. Through the story, George and Lennie are looking for work after falling victim to the Great depression.
"I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them.” ()
With work so scarce at the time, many people had set out to find work like Lennie and George. Furthermore, people were powerless over their future, they did whatever necessary for their basic needs. Throughout the novel, the author has used the literary device of Lennie and Georges dream communicate the powerless in the economy. With the goal to fund a mere $600 dollars for their own
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