Minorities In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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During the 1930’s the rights of minorities were limited. It was a struggle for them to gain any attention in society at all. In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, he used the characters to display this thought with great originality. Steinbeck used his story to drive his point into the minds of his audience and make a lasting imprint. With a character like Lennie the reader couldn’t help but be drawn in by his loveable personality. The characters in the John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men signified the people of the 1930’s during the Great Depression. In the story the characters represented real people in society in the ways that Curley’s wife was ignored by the men, Crooks was discriminated against because of his race, and Lennie was misunderstood because of his intellectual disability. Throughout the novel, Curley’s wife was overlooked and disregarded by the men on the ranch due to her gender, just as women were in American society during the 1930’s. Curley’s wife desperately wanted to be acknowledged by the men when her husband failed to give her the attention she craved. One night Curley’s wife went into Crooks’ room looking…show more content…
He has shown this throughout the novel by showing how Curley’s wife was ignored by the men, how Crooks was discriminated against because of the color of his skin, and how Lennie ultimately died because no one understood him. John Steinbeck masterfully used symbolism to reflect society during the 1930’s. Because of this novel we get a true view on how life was during this time. He had a true realist perspective and it unquestionably was evident throughout the novel. Even in today’s society, though, the message that Steinbeck wished to display would have been seen as applicable. He would indisputably argue that Americans would be able to learn something from the characters in his story, and could have applied the message to their
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