Of Mice and Men Lit Themes

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    • The Great Depression
      • Economic down turn 1929-39, after stock market crash.
      • 13-15 million American's unemployed
      • Soup kitchens, bread lines, homeless
      • Banks failed
      • Migrant farmers-> Golden California for land
        • Not as good as promised
      • Ranch hands
        • Travell from job to job
        • Lonley
    • Racism
      • Klu Klux Klan
        • Lynching
        • Violence
        • Abuse
        • Intimidation
        • Hatred
      • Crooks
        • Stable buck
        • "Just a nigger saying it'
        • Lonely- isolated
      • Segregation
        • Public spaces
          • Transport
          • Education
          • Towns
        • Inter- marriage illegal in some states
      • White men dominated
        • Intimated black people
        • Better jobs/ wages
    • The American Dream
      • "An' live offa the fatta the lan'"
      • The poor ranch hands wish to e their own bosses, and have stability in their lives.
      • Curley's Wife= movie star
      • George+ Lennie= ranch/ rabbits
      • Crooks+ Candy= G+L ranch
      • Impossibiltie of the American ream
    • Role of Women
      • Many unemplyed
        • Frowned upon to a have a job that a man should do
      • Bad paying jobs- not as much as men
        • Factories
      • Women expected to look after the home
      • Limited education
      • Male dominated world
      • Curley's Wife
    • Handicaps
      • Candy
        • Lost hand
        • $250 compensation
          • Unusual + kept his job.
          • Still not good
            • Unusual + kept his job.
      • Lennie
        • Mentally
        • Picked on by Curley
        • Threatened by Crooks
          • Taken away from families-> institutions
      • Mental disabilities not treated with respect
        • Taken away from families-> institutions
        • Discrimination

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