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The Great Depression

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The Great Depression is comparable to Lennie and George's life.   I would like

  to give a comparison of George Milton and Lennie Small to the Great

  Depression.   The time that this story took place was during the Great

  Depression.   John Steinbeck captured the reality of this most difficult time.  

  During the Great Depression people needed to travel together to share

  chores and duties to make a living until something better came along.   That is

  the way George and Lennie traveled.   They traveled together to take care of

  each other but George took care of Lennie the most, because he was always

  getting in trouble.   "You do bad things and I got to get you out." (Of Mice

  and Men p.11).   During the Great Depression money was very scarce.   You

  had to travel around to find a job in order to make money to survive.   Lennie

  and George were in that type of predicament.   Keeping enough money until

  the next job was difficult because prices were rising during the Great

  Depression and you had to budget your money.   During this depression most

  people worked on farms because after the stock market crashed people

  realized that the reason the stock market crashed was because farms were not

  producing enough goods.   People started to work on farms more to help

  everyone.   Lennie and George worked for ranches and also in the fields.

  "He's a good skinner.   He can rassel grain bags, drive a cultivator.   He can do

  anything." (Of Mice and Men p.22).  

  If you really look closely, George and Lennie's way of life and the

  Great Depression have a good deal in common.   George and Lennie were

  outcasts in life.   George Milton was small in size and a very smart man

  compared to Lennie.   He was actually only of average intelligence.   Lennie

  Small was a large person and very retarded.   Since...


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