Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men ' And ' The Grapes Of Wrath '

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Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and many of John Steinbeck’s other books all have one thing in common. They were all written about life struggles during the Great Depression. Steinbeck grew up in a middle class, modest family. Steinbeck’s novels had a big impact on society by helping people heal from this horrible time. He brought modesty to his novels in hope of changing many people’s lives. Because John Steinbeck grew up in a modest family, his novels often dealt with the social and economic issues during the Great Depression.
John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas California. He was born to John Ernest Steinbeck, an accountant, and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, a teacher. John Steinbeck’s family was considered middle class in relation to their jobs and income status. Steinbeck’s family was considered middle class; they weren’t afraid of losing everything during the great depression The median for middle class families was around $1,160. If a family had made more than $1,000, they were considered to be middle class. Middle class families often pondered on the idea that certain goods and lifestyles were important and after the Depression was over their lifestyle would eventually become attainable again (Family). The average family income in 1923 was $1,500, 40% less than the average family income in 1929 when the GD started (Human).

The Great Depression was an economic crash in Europe and North America and other in technical areas in the world. The…

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