Of Mice and Men is a short novel by John Steinbeck about an unlikely pair of migrant workers in California. George and Lennie have little in common, and when most people meet the pair, they question why the two are together. George Milton is a small, smart man, while Lennie Small is large and strong, but has the mind of a child. Lennie's traits make him clumsy and unpredictable, and often get the two men into trouble.
Why does a novel from 1939 about a migrant family in search of work during the Great Depression still resonate with readers in the 21st century? The answer is simple: look around. After the recession of 2008, this story maintains its relevance, especially with many students whose parents lost their jobs and/or careers as a result of the 2008 crash. The universal themes of the pursuit of the American Dream, perseverance, and the struggle against injustice, are still found in many aspects of American life today. As a result, The Grapes of Wrath has been hailed as one of the defining novels of American literature.
After the tragic death of Farmer Curley's wife, it seems like her killer has been brought to justice through his own untimely death. Lennie Small, a migrant worker met his end at the hands of his friend George Milton. When briefed, Milton would not give much of an answer, stating only that it was in everyone's best interest. This comes just a few days after Small was said to have had a scuffle with Curley himself, breaking the other man's hand. In investigating Small's past, he and Milton found it difficult to hold a job for a long period of time, as many have seen during these hard times. It is still unclear whether the murder of Curley's wife was intentional or not without cooperation from Milton and the other farmhands. As more details come to light, rest assured that we will relate them to you.
Southern California Times
Demand for Work Grows as Migration Increases
The recent increase of people moving to California in search of work has caused a shortage in available jobs. Families, having lost their homes and their jobs, have hope that here they can find work through one of the government programs set up to assist. The Joads are one such family, traveling from the Great Plains to be here in the San Joaquin Valley. Upon arriving, they discovered what so many others have: low wages, not enough work, and slim resources. Perhaps it is a blessing and a curse that the Joad family arrived in California with less members than they set off with. We have an interview with a member of the family, Casy Joad, regarding the labor conditions and his role in working against injustice. continued on page 2
September 16, 1935
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