Of Mice and Men Historical Context

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  • Of Mice and Men - Context
    • America in the 1930's
      • Economic Depression
        • FDR - Franklin D. Roosevelt
          • 'NEW DEAL'
            • RECOVERY - Rebuild US industry + trade
            • RELIEF - Improve people's lives
            • REFORM - Change conditions for future progress
      • Poverty
      • Social Inequalities
      • 1920 - "BOOM TIME"
        • Low inflation
        • Low unemployment
        • Low interest rates
        • Skyscrapers, Road building programmes, affordable items e.g. radios
      • 1929 - BUST
        • Stock markets crashed CATASTROPHICALLY, 1929
          • Economic Depression - 1930
        • Unemployed, Poverty, Homeless
          • People migrated West to California for WORK
    • Of Mice and Men Characters
      • George and Lennie - travelling farm worker took temporary work
      • Curley's Wife
        • Film Industry grew - Actors + Actresses became well-known
          • Charlie Chaplin
          • Mary Pickford
        • Wanted a glamorous lifestyle
      • Crooks
        • RACISM
        • SEGREGATION
        • LOW QUALITY OF LIFE
      • Prejudice
        • Main theme of novel
          • Crooks
          • Candy
          • Lennie
          • Curley's Wife
    • AMERICAN DREAM
      • Declaration of Independence
        • "all men are created , that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
      • People travelled West + settled on free land = frontiersmen
        • George + Lennie - Dream of owning land - their version of AD
          • living "off the fatta the lan'"
          • Curley's wife dreamt of being "in the movies an' had nice clothes"
    • IN-DEPTH QUESTIONS
      • What effect did the 1929 Wall Street Crash have on rural America?
      • Why do you think Of Mice and Men was so successful when it was first published?
      • Why might the USA in the 1930's be considered a racist society?
      • What do you think Steinbeck is saying about prejudice in Of Mice and Men?
      • Why did it become more difficult for people to pursue the American Dream during the economic depression?
  • IN-DEPTH QUESTIONS
    • What effect did the 1929 Wall Street Crash have on rural America?
    • Why do you think Of Mice and Men was so successful when it was first published?
    • Why might the USA in the 1930's be considered a racist society?
    • What do you think Steinbeck is saying about prejudice in Of Mice and Men?
    • Why did it become more difficult for people to pursue the American Dream during the economic depression?

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