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The novella Of Mice and Men takes place during the Great Depression. When George and his boss refer to Murray and Ready's, they are referencing a government agency set up under the New Deal. The New Deal included a number of government-backed programs designed to help Americans obtain jobs during the Great Depression. "I wrote Murray and Ready I wanted two men this morning. You got your work slips?" (21). The owner of the ranch had written to the agency because he needed two new workers. The work slips/tickets are proof that the agency sent them to the ranch.
During the Great Depression, people traveled across the country seeking employment. These people were called migrant workers. Lennie and George, and most of their fellow workers on the ranch, are migrant workers. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place" (13). Migrant workers moved often and rarely traveled with anyone. Therefore, they would be lonely because they do not stay any one place for very long and do not make friends. Once it is known that the story takes place during the Great Depression, there are other references that become more apparent.
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