Of Mice and Men Context

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  • Of Mice and Men: Context
    • California
      • where the American dream came true
      • 'the golden state is said to be the place where all Americans made their fortunes
    • 1920's
      • Farmers employed lots of field workers for short periods of time
      • Wall Street Crash of 1929
        • resulting in soaring unemployment and massive competition for jobs
    • John Steinbeck + inspirations
      • He spent allot of time with the field workers
      • He witnessed a killing by a disturbed man.
      • He started speaking like them
      • His writing was inspired by a man who killed a small rabbit (Lenny)
      • The title was inspired by a peom
    • 1930's
      • Urban to Rural migration: 0.5million people went to California in hope of work
      • Many ended up as seasonal farm labors
      • President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the idea of the new deal
        • unemployed -> employed by setting up public's work projects
      • 'The Dust Bowl' -> high winds causing fertile soil to blown away
    • Family Life
      • Families had to pay debt off so some families auctioned their possessions
      • They had to leave their homes to go to 'tent city'
    • The novel and the play
      • They were both an instant success
      • He has a tourist place
      • Due to his success he is one of the greatest American literature people
  • 'the golden state is said to be the place where all Americans made their fortunes

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