Q. In the book 'Of Mice and Men', when was the book actually set and what was life like for Americans in those days?
The novel was set in America during the Depression (1930s).
Life was very hard for itinerant (moving from place to place) workers such as George and Lennie. The workers would sleep in bunk houses with the other labourers and would not have privacy or pleasant living conditions. Their wages would be low and they would work long hours. There was no social security so if someone was ill and couldn't work they would have no money. People were suspicious of each other because people felt vulnerable and felt that they had to compete for everything. I hope that this helps.
Submitted by: Kirsty S, (Age 14)
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