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Of Mice and Men Speech Presentation

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Ashley Bonn

on 13 February 2013

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Poverty stereotypes are still incorporated in today's music by showing how people who are poor always live a bad life. Conclusion Those who are poor never get the future they panned for. In the book, Of Mice and Men, nobody's plans of their future turns out as they expected One of the themes in Steinbeck's book was the dreams of each character's future. However, at the end of the story, everyone's dream was destroyed by someone or something. In the book, George and Lennie have a dream to own their own piece of land and not have to work. George talks about how they aren't going to be like "them guys". He referring to the people who have to work to make enough just for themselves or in other words, the people who don't have very much money. GEORGE "O.K. Someday—we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and—""An’ live off the fatta the lan’," Lennie shouted. "An’ have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we’re gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that George.""Why’n’t you do it yourself? You know all of it.""No…you tell it. It ain’t the same if I tell it. Go on…George. How I get to tend the rabbits.""Well," said George, "we’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we’ll just say the hell with goin’ to work, and we’ll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an’ listen to the rain comin’ down on the roof—Nuts!" (1.119-123) Most importantly, even if you don't have money when you are
younger there is nothing to worry about, because you
never know what the future is going to bring
you. Poverty is still used in today's digital media by displaying people's unhappy futures in billboards and articles. "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. They come an' they quit an' go on; an'every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An'never a God damn on of 'em ever gets it. " (Steinbeck 74) Poverty is still a major part of our lives. It is all over the internet and on television. The www.amnesty.org billboard is showing that poor/homeless people don't deserve a happy life. "Don't i deserve a happy life?" (www.amnesty.org) In this part of the book, Crooks is telling Lennie about how he doesn't think his and George's dream will come true. "… If you … guys would want a hand to work for nothing—just his keep, why I’d come an’ lend a hand. I ain’t so crippled I can’t work like a son-of-a-bitch if I want to." Actor Jim Carrey started out as a poor, homeless child. He and his parents had to live in a tent in his older sister's backyard. " I seen hundreds 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... every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody ever gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head. (Crooks- pg. 74) In this scene, Steinbeck is trying to say that back then, everyone who was poor, never got to fulfill their dreams because no one had very much money. "But it sounds very sad to know that the famous Jim Carrey was once homeless. It was said that even his parents were so poor that they couldn’t afford a place either. While Jim was also struggling as an actor, he and his family, which includes elder brother John Carrey, elder sister Rita Carrey, and parents Percy Carrey and Kathleen Carrey were living in a tent in the backyard of the home of Jim’s elder sister Patricia Carrey who was married." In this quote from the book, Crooks heard about George and Lennie's dream and he wants the same dream that they have. He wants to work for George and Lennie because there personality is very trustworthy. But his dream also doesn't turn out like he wanted it to because he was African American and it was just the way it was; that African Americans were always that lowest of the group. This quote breaks the stereotype by proving that people who were once poor/homeless really can break through and become successful. Intro This was said by Crooks when he was talking with Lennie in the harness room. Crooks was telling Lennie that no one achieves their dreams, so there is no point in dreaming. But you can do anything you set your mind to. This quote which is on the billboard is saying that most of the time, poor/homeless people aren't happy, and dont have a bright future ahead of them. The song "Merry Go Round" shows many uses of this stereotype. This song is showing its listeners that when you don't have enough money that your family's life style is a Merry Go Round and even if you try not to be like your parents, you will still turn out just like them. The song "Good Life" is a song that starts to break the mold of this stereotype. This song by T.I. Ft. Common, Pharrell Williams, & Mike Epps, tells a story about how terrible his life use to be but now he is living the "good life". Many people today are starting to turn that stereotype around in today's music. This song shows that even when your life isn't the greatest, you can still make it better. billboards are one type of media that it used for stereotypes There are also examples of how stereotypes can break their mold John Steinbeck wrote his book using stereotypes from the 1940's time frame, but they are still used in today's music. There are many ways that this Poverty Stereotype is used in visual media, but it can also be showed through music. Not all Celebrities started off rich "Justin Bieber is very open about his background and the fact that he grew up below the poverty line." -Joseline Davis. Not everyone has a fairytale ending The stereotype that says "those who are poor don't get the future they planned for" is today being over looked by all of the people who turned their life around from being in the lower class to now having the life they wanted. In today's music, some artist have shown us two different sides of the stereotype of poverty. The original side of the stereotype is still in affect saying that when your poor your life is terrible, but then their is also the other side that shows how great your life can turn out. Today in digital and print media, you always see commercials for people who are poor and need money. but that's not always the case. In my example, Jim Carrey overcame his troubles and became a very successful man. This shows that stereotypes aren't always true. The use of stereotypes is not only present in Steinbeck's book, "Of Mice and Men", it is also used in different types of media, including digital media. Poverty is all around us. You see it everywhere you go. You see it when you are watching television, on commercials, reading the Sunday paper. You also see it when you are online or listening to music. Justin Bieber's family was poor, but he helped his family with their financial issues. Justin achieved his dreams in life solely on his talent alone; so it doesn't matter if you don't have money it's about how hard you want to work to achieve a goal. "Thousands of children are dying every single day and every one of them is a precious child who deserves to live." -UNICEF Many children in the world have to worry about when they are going to eat, or how they are going to get food everyday. They also have to worry about how they are going to get their vaccines. - Justin Bieber 0:00-0:54 -UNICEF - CLEVER TV
When you watch TV and see a commercial come on for homeless people, you automatically think that they are going to be poor for the rest of their lives, right? Well is some cases, they change their future and become successful just like Justin Bieber.
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