Steinbeck’s Picture of Life on the RanchWorks Cited MissingI think that Steinbeck’s picture of life on the ranch was mainlypessimistic, but it still held a little hope.
The story took place in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Theeconomic situation was in a terrible state. The unemployment problemwas so serious. Migrant workers from all over America came toCalifornia. They believed that they could get their own piece of landand settle down there quite well eventually.
Steinbeck created the ranch with people, from different backgrounds,holding different positions, having different attitudes and dreams.
George and Lennie, the main characters, traveled everywhere together.Lennie, who was mentally disabled, often depended on George to get himout of trouble. Sometimes George complained about Lennie, “God a’mighty, if I was alone I could have lived so easy. I could go get ajob an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at allaˆ¦.” (p.28)At first, itseemed to be a one-sided scenario that George was the wiser one and hehad to look after Lennie. However, if you look at it in another way,it was a gloomy picture. In fact, George was so lonely that he neededLennie as his companion and he wanted to look after him. Nevertheless,they shared the same dream – having a little house and a couple ofacres, doing what they liked and living a decent life. It seemed thattheir dream was a realistic one and they were so near to achieving it.
The future of Candy and Crooks was very pessimistic as they were exploited so badly at the ranch.