Alienation in of Mice and Men

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Alienation in Of Mice and Men The Great Depression was a period of economic crisis, a time where outcasts were commonly alienated. Business was poor and many people were out of work. The terrible drought that ruined so many farms and the Stock Market Crash were some of the first events to trigger the Great Depression. The industrial production and construction was halted, and there was a steep decline in prices. The Great Depression began October 29, 1929 and lasted until the early 1940s. It was worldwide, but some countries were more severely affected, like the United States and Germany. World War II ended the Great Depression, because the people that went off to war left vacant spaces for the people with no work to fill in. After the Great Depression, alienation was not as common although still present. Alienation is complete isolation without close companionship. It is caused by being so set apart or disliked by others around them. Alienation presents itself in various forms: having no friends, meaning no social life, big age difference with those around a person, living alone, exclusion from activites, being mean in a group of kind people, and much more. The type of people most alienated were the ones with mental or physical disorders. They were outcasts in society back then, but not as much these days. Why were the alienated people alienated? Skin Wang 2 color, outer appearance, personality, and disorders were all factors. Everything was judged. Alienation appears later on in Of Mice and Men. It is one of the major themes Steinbeck wants to get across to the audience. All characters depicted different levels of alienation. It was and still is common, but was more recognized in the past. Steinbeck portrays the theme of alienation through Curley’s wife, Crooks, and Candy. Curley’s wife is an alienated character in Of Mice and Men because she is the only
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