The Great Depression was a distressing time in the history of America as the unemployment rate was high which in turn led to poverty and hunger. Steinbeck's characters experience different forms of isolation based on the specific prejudice contained within themselves.
John Steinbeck John Steinbeck shows how important a friendship is and how much two people can support each other to survive. Crooks back injury is due to a horse kicking him in the back, this indicates that Steinbeck is trying to express that even an animal is worth more than him. Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.
I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick. Because he is a black man he is forced to live, in this case alone in the barn, while the other farmhands stay in the bunkhouse. George is small, wise and witty but he is very short tempered.
Publishers have seen a rise in strong, capable female protagonists who overcome a variety of struggles to save themselves or others and both teens and adults alike rush to get their hands on this material. George and Lennie embark on a search for a job in the midst of the Great Depression.