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Context America



Racism within the USA

In 1930s, white people in the US were still regarded as superior to black people.
o Steinbeck's portrayal of Crooks gives an insight into this segregation: "Cause I'm
black. They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black."
Segregation - Schools,…

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The American Dream represents the opportunity for prosperity and success, gained
through hard work and relentless effort, for all irrespective of class, gender, age or
colour.

Crooks-Candy-George-Lennie

Racism, Migrant workers



Migrant Workers

The economy following the Great Depression and the resultant high unemployment
together with the Dust Bowl of the…

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o Lennie's uncomplicated mind seems unable to function or look after himself without
the help of George. To Lennie, George is a leading figure which he looks up to and
he relies upon George to look after him. George acts as the paternal figure in the
relationship and Lennie just…

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It is clear that Curley's Wife has never confided in anyone except
Lennie and this highlights Curley's wife isolation and her desperation
for a friend or someone to talk to. Also, the fact that Curley's Wife can
only make friends with Lennie, a chidlike and simple minded character
also indicates…

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for a friend or someone to talk to. Also, the fact that Curley's Wife can
only make friends with Lennie, a childlike and simple minded character
also indicates just how isolated she is on the ranch.
o Steinbeck presents Curley's Wife as "Curley's Wife" which highlights the sexual
inequality of…

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Paul Dutton

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A really useful set of notes placing the novel in context.  Good for higher tier students.

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