John Steinbeck And The Great Depression Essay

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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
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However, very few people knew just what they were in for. Not many people figured the GD would get as bad as it did. There were also social problems during the Great Depression such as suicides and crimes. People didn’t know ways to handle the stress so they resorted to suicide and crimes were on the rise because people could not afford food so they stole food to put on their tables. Prostitution was on the rise as women tried to find ways to pay the …show more content…
Steinbeck wrote during the Great Depression to demonstrate the harsh life style. Even though Steinbeck didn’t experience the Great Depression he wanted many people to experience how hard it was growing up during that time. From growing up during the Great Depression Steinbeck heard about things going on and he used them to write great books. Steinbeck started writing in 1936, by drawing from his own experiences as a laborer (Morretta 42). When the Great Depression started Steinbeck was only 27, he wrote from his own experiences. John Steinbeck’s novels often show the social and economic issues during the Great Depression. Many of Steinbeck’s novel take place in Salinas California, where Steinbeck grew up. However, Salinas California was not affected by the Great

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