The theme of the story is hard working. The story takes place in the Great Depression and living conditions are tough. It is hard to make a living. In the text it states,"The bunk house was a long, rectangular building"(Steinbeck 17) describing George and Lennie's living arrangement when they're working hard on the ranch to make ends meet.
I remember seeing this photo what a image of the depression, if I am right . Black and white you can not be there it