Joesph Fontenrose comments that the novel I about “the vanity of human wishes” (Fontenrose 375).
Dreams and willpower are necessary to keep hope alive in people.
Ramshackle encampments, such as Pipe City in Oakland, filled with forlorn unemployed workers and their families.
In the book Of Mice and Men, it is evident that the friendship between George and Lennie is strong.
Californians who lived through the 1920s and 1930s must have felt as though they were on a roller coaster.
In a dizzying cycle of boom and bust, a decade of spectacular prosperity was followed by the worst economic collapse in the state's history.He is black and living during the Great Depression, and unfortunatley there was intolerance for black people back then. Crooks would take any friend he could get, even someone as crazy as him.That’s why he lets Lennie in his room, then he at least has someone to talk to, even if they don’t make any sense.Just being around other people that treat him equal makes him feel good.When he hears about George, Lennie, and Candy’s plan to buy a farm and live of the fat of the land, he gains hope.This brings Candy’s hope up and he has something to live for once again.He spends all his time planning how their farm is going to be and the jobs they are all going to do. Unfortunately, his dream is crushed when Lennie does a bad thing.Sometimes these dreams become nightmares because of the hardships that are endured through the trials of life and society.Many immigrants from Europe coming to America in hope of prosperity and easy living found themselves in conditions that were paralleled by the conditions in the European slums of the inner city.He thinks that he can escape the world he is stuck in and becomes optimistic for a short while.Curly’s wife immediately gets rid of any hope he had by reducing him down to nothing.