1930's American Dream

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In the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ Steinbeck sets the novella in 1930’s America. The novella is based on the Great American Dream, around the idea that a person would own your own land, be prosperous, successful and work hard in America. The novella, ‘Of Mice and Men’ is set in 1930’s America, in the time of the Economic Depression where there was a long period of time of harsh poverty and long-term unemployment. The novella is set in the town of Soledad, California. Soledad in Spanish means ‘Loneliness’. Loneliness is one of the main themes running right through the novella because loneliness was a big part of 1930’s America and The Great American Dream because segregation was in place (this means people were separated e.g. Racial, mental).…show more content…
Reality. At ‘the brush’ the mood is optimistic about the dream, ‘slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight’, whereas in ‘the bunkhouse’ the mood is negative. ‘The walls were white washed and the floor unpainted’; this suggests that there was a lack of care, effort and money goning into looking after the workers. When George and Lennie were at ‘the brush’ there was a hope that the dream would become reality, however when George and Lennie are in ‘the bunkhouse’ their hope fades of the dream actually happening. The quote ‘positively kills lice, roaches, and other scourges’ this implies that when workers come to the ranch to work they are there for the rest of their lives; the job kills them off. Light and dark is also a recurring theme throughout the novella, this is equivalent to good and bad; when the setting is light the attitude is positive, when the setting is dark the attitude is negative. This shows the American Dream is a lie the reason being is that the workers have to travel for work and live in an uncared for shack, The quote ‘threw his blankets down on the burlap sack of straw that was a mattress.’ This implies that the bosses didn’t care for their workers or their conditions for their workers in 1930’s America because by giving only a sack of straw to sleep on, they’re treated like animals; animals sleep on
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