The Great Depression

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.

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