Context: Of Mice and Men

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  • Context: Of Mice and Men
    • Great Depression
      • 1929 - Wall Street Crash, stock exchange collapsed = instant poverty, major unemployment
        • people became itinerant migrant workers, moved to California
          • lack of comfort, at mercy of bosses, lack of roots, family, compassion and care.
            • poor living conditions, overcrowding, No space, dignity or possesions.
              • frustration, arrogance of Curley, violence, etc.
    • Dust-bowl effect
      • drought, over-farming, high winds = infertility of land. People who only had skills in farming left unemployed
        • people became itinerant migrant workers, moved to California
          • lack of comfort, at mercy of bosses, lack of roots, family, compassion and care.
            • poor living conditions, overcrowding, No space, dignity or possesions.
              • frustration, arrogance of Curley, violence, etc.
    • Dreams
      • as a result others. Land of opportunity, escaping from hardship, no class, riches for all
      • work hard = succeed, feeling persisted = disappointment
    • Segregation (racism & sexism)
      • Slavery abolished 1865, went on to 1930s segregation went on until 1960s. Colour becomes defining quality. Life of silence
      • CW - stuck in a mistake, leading to a life of silence. 'tart', '********'
        • Cat house, general poor treatment
      • no opportunity, no equality
      • CW + Candy are microcosms
    • Steinbeck - Negatively portray American life in hope of change
  • Ranch is a microcosm
  • Verisimilitude - using real things to make fiction more believable
  • Ranch = microcosm

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