to give a comparison of George Milton and Lennie Small to the Great
Depression. The time that this story took place was during the Great
Depression. John Steinbeck captured the reality of this most difficult time.
During the Great Depression people needed to travel together to share
chores and duties to make a living until something better came along. That is
the way George and Lennie traveled. They traveled together to take care of
each other but George took care of Lennie the most, because he was always
getting in trouble. “You do bad things and I got to get you out.” (Of Mice
and Men p.11). During the Great Depression money was very scarce. You
had to travel around to find a job in order to make money to survive. Lennie
and George were in that type of predicament. Keeping enough money until
the next job was difficult because prices were rising during the Great
Depression and you had to budget your money. During this depression most
people worked on farms because after the stock market crashed people
realized that the reason the stock market crashed was because farms were not
producing enough goods. People started to work on farms more to help
everyone. Lennie and George worked for ranches and also in the fields.
“He’s a good skinner. He can rassel grain bags, drive a cultivator. He can do
anything.” (Of Mice and Men p.22).
If you really look closely, George and Lennie’s way of life and the
Great Depression have a good deal in common. George and Lennie were
outcasts in life. George Milton was small in size and a very smart man
compared to Lennie. He was actually only of average intelligence. Lennie
Small was a large person and very retarded. Since Lennie was so retarded he
did not grasp the things that were happening around him. For example, if
someone became upset about anything he would grab them and hold and
squeeze until they stopped moving. Lennie would accidentally harm them and
that is how he got inck smoke into
the environment constantly. This disgusting smog stains buildings, covers trees, and hovers above many
of our major city in large masses.
Automobiles also contain some fluids that can be deadly to us and our wildlife. We often hear of
gasoline spills by tanker trucks or by ships, both of which are meant to supply our automobiles with
fuel. The gasoline encompasses huge areas of our oceans and suffocates our animals with blankets of
black slime. Our own greed for bigger and better things causes many of our nation?s animals to die each
Accidents are another default of today?s modern automobiles. Cars and trucks are the cause of
the deaths of thousands of Americans annually. Almost everyday, numerous accidents can be witnessed by a
single individual. Resulting from these broken parts and twisted sections of steel, are dead bodies and
broken families. The yearning for speed and the desire for competition has ended the lives of many
automobile owners. Young drivers often compete against each other in races and other dangerous games.
Many times, these foolish schemes end in fatality. Another leading cause of death in automobiles results
from alcohol abuse. This terrible mixture of drinking and driving commonly ends in death of the driver
and of other innocent civilians. The automobile has been the victim of trillions of fender benders and
more serious accidents. This has caused concern in the mind of society, and with it has come
precautions. The cars and trucks of today have been formatted with all !
types of life saving gadgets to make traveling easier and less risky.
These high tech automobiles of today have revolutionized our world. We have gone from a crank
engine to an eight cylinder, one hundred sixty horsepower engine. We have progressed from speeds of
twenty five miles an hour to speeds well over one hundred miles an hour. Roads have expanded, bridges
have been widened, and new breeds of automobiles have been introduced along the way. This constant
change of what appears to have a good outcome also brings along some negative aspects. These downfalls
include those discussed above and many others. With every great step towards technological breakthroughs
in the automobile world, new problems and hindrances arrive which are sure to lead to more fatal
outcomes. Though cars have changed our lifestyle for the better, the extra impact of negative effects
has hurt our society as a whole.