“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
In today’s lesson you will learn about the social
and economic context of the novel. This will help
you to understand the plot, characters and
theme more fully when we begin reading the
The Great Depression
• In 1929, the Stock
• People panicked and
withdrew their money
from the bank.
• This caused the economy
• This period of history
has been called The
This picture was taken in America in 1930.
What does the picture tell you about what was happening in the USA at the
Put yourself in their shoes...
What might have motivated these men to advertise themselves in this way?
A picture paints a thousand words.
Why do you think the photographer was inspired to take this picture?
What point do you think he is trying to make?
As men tried to
find work, they
had to move
from place to
Often it was hard
Try to describe a migrant worker’s
experience at this time.
Some left their
and sent them
others took their
We are going to watch a number of clips from films set during the
Great Depression in order to develop a good understanding of the
context of the novel we are about to read.
Causes of difficulties Difficulties faced by
faced by American
The ways people
responded to/ dealt