Essay on The Great Depression And The Dust Bowl

2010 Words Jun 5th, 2016 9 Pages
The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl was a recipe for disaster in the 1930’s. Economical and agricultural damage to the United States was unbearable especially the lives of migrant workers as explained in John Steinbeck 's Of Mice and Men. Migrant workers in this era were forced to scrape the bottom looking for jobs and make tough decisions in order to attempt the American dream. Lennie and George, the two main characters in the novella, were the epiphany of the migrant workers life in Steinbeck 's eyes and he portrayed them to enlighten the reader on the time he lived in. In the novella written by John Steinbeck, the limitation of migrant workers is explained through the characters of Lennie and George; however, they, much like these workers, are forced to make tough decisions while they chase the American dream in the era of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Lennie and George represented just two examples of the typical migrant worker force in the early 1930’s. These workers would scavenge for work while being forced to make tough decisions. Living as a migrant worker, in Steinbeck’s eyes, did not allow room for error. Workers had little margin for pay despite the era. Nevertheless, these workers could not afford sick days or an off-season from the crops. Often, these workers would get sick due to the lack of cleanliness on farms and the encounter with heat. The most common sickness was sunstroke, because [the workers] were out there in the sun a lot according,…

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