Friendship Between George And Lennie In 1930's American Society

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“How does Steinbeck us the friendship between George and Lennie to display wider aspects of 1930’s American society?” Firstly let us consider how Lennie and George are forced to move around from place to place in search of work. This is representative of the economic problems that the U.S was faced with in the early 1930’s, with few jobs available for those lower down the pecking order as a result of the great depression. It also shows us how stable jobs we’re very uncommon as a result of this. Furthermore, the fact that George and Lennie were chased out of their previous town upon suspicions of rape by Lennie, which we can deduce was not his aim, suggests that American society was quick to pass judgement, and people were perhaps not sympathetic to a disabled man who clearly could not think things through properly. In turn this may display a certain aggression and lawlessness that was present in 1930’s American society. Another way in which Steinbeck uses the friendship between George and Lennie to convey wider aspects of American society is through their dream to own their own ranch. This links to the concept of the “American Dream”, whereby anyone can achieve what they want given they work hard enough for it. In the book, the reader is the sense that the idea of this “dream” that George and Lennie share…show more content…
For example when George tells Candy that “we were always gonna do it by ourselves”, in regards to the “dream”. Furthermore, George does also not like Lennie mixing with Candy: “what you doing in Crooks’ room? You hadn’t ought to be in here” Both these extracts are perhaps representative of the greed that was present in 1930’s America, as George doesn’t want anyone else to be part of his dream Lennie. Furthermore, this could show how 1930’s America was very divided and unwilling to be accepting of minorities- the only person George really trusts is the white, able bodied
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