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Of Mice and Men~Themes
Transcript of Of Mice and Men~Themes
everything behind and start all over again, surviving with
the little remains of their economy -many of the rich were not affected by the Depression -most people's lives were impacted in some way "The American Dream" -The American Dream was the "motto" of United States,and still is, to some extent. At that time, it meant everybody had their own piece of land -For many immigrants/migrant workers,
the Statue of Liberty was the symbol
representing the Dream -In the Great Depression, every single person longed for the American Dream to become reality -many people blamed President Hoover for the Great Depression
and created many "Hoovervilles (little towns mosty built out of scrap)" where poor people gathered as "family" to live and also blame the president at that time, Herbert Hoover -During this time, many
migrant workers and their
family emigrated to America -the American Dream has evolved into the general statement of freedom and possible prosperity for all Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lange-MigrantMother02.jpg Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Statueofliberty.JPG Example: Migrant Mother -Migrant workers came to America in hopes of fulfilling this dream Migrant Workers -many foreign migrant workers emigrated to the United States during the Depression. American migrant workers were those who travelled to other states for a better life, most prominent of those was California -large amount of migrant workers were hired as tenant farmers by large land owners to plow their land. The tenants would do work and give most of the crop to the land owner in exchange for being allowed to live on the land -many migrant workers found it hard to survive in the Great Depression, and often there were groups of unemployed workers or workers with low income http://thenormalmale.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/how-to-help-your-man-when-he-is-depressed/ http://www.masters-of-photography.com/images/full/lange/lange_edge_of_pea_field.jpg -there was no place for the jobless Group of workers looking
across pea field Bonds -People in the Depression formed bonds with
each other, in twos, fours, and larger groups -bonds were very important as it kept people together -as seen in Of Mice and Men, Lennie and George were of many people who had a very strong bond between them. Despite Lennie childish actions, George was, unexpectedly even to himself, strongly attached to Lennie. This was important as it is what makes George so protective about Lennie, and makes Lennie always loyal to George(or tries to be) -The men on the ranch where George and Lennie worked on also have bonds. Most prominent of these bonds is between Candy and his dog. Since Candy had the dog since it was born, a very deep relationship had developed between them. That is why Candy would be so reluctant for the other men to finish the dog off and "end it's misery". Dreams -Some of the many common dreams during the Great Depression are as listed: -having something to do -owning a house and a decent job -to feel useful -knowing that "tomorrow" would be "alright" -enough money in the bank to feel comfortable -dreams helped created bonds and keep them strong -as shown in Of Mice and Men, the "Dream Farm(which included many of the common dreams back then)" was a dream that kept Lennie and George together(among many other reasons). Also, this seems to be one of the few sources of happiness among the men. Also, this dream also created the extra bond of Candy joining the group(and Crooks wanting to but stopped himself for face). The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange just after the crash of 1929. Pictures of people waiting to get a job Picture Information