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In the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’, John Steinbeck uses the 1920’s as the backdrop of social construct and it reflects the dynamic of the American society. He wrote this book during the Great Depression, which occurred in the 1920’s. The Wall Street crash had a severe impact on the people as many banks closed, people lost their savings and as a result, workers were made redundant and many people travelled the country desperately looking for work. He uses the theme of hierarchy to explore and present how social class is used to separate wealthy and rich from the poor and utilizes the setting quite frequently. John Steinbeck uses a variety of themes such as friendship, discrimination, American dream, isolation and loneliness to express the context of early 1900s America. Steinbeck also uses numerous settings, in which he reflects how life was lived and people were treated along with the brutality of American society for many members of various different social backgrounds.

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