Of Mice And Men Essay

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English Essay “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck “Individuals that are different are often marginalised or isolated from the community in which they live”. How is this true for characters you have studies in the novel “of Mice and Men”? The Great Depression of the 1930’s was a turbulent time. Hundreds and thousands of people lost their homes and their jobs. John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men details the lives of several people going through these harsh times. Although the characters in the novel aren’t necessarily looking for money or a job, they are seeking companionship and reassurance that they are not alone. A deep sense of solitude dwells within the hearts of Crooks; an old black man treated unfairly because of his colour, Curley’s Wife; a stunning woman who shows off her body just to gain the attention of others, and Candy a lonely old ranch worker. They are all desperate to find an escape from being marginalised from the rest of their community. Crooks is an African-American robbed of his hopes and dreams because of his colour. Crooks demonstrates the racial discrimination in the 1930’s. He is excluded from the companionship that exists within the bunkhouse and is pushed aside to dwell amongst the horses in the barn house. “Crooks was a proud aloof man”, this is because he has no choice but to endure this prejudice and isolation. Crooks has no privacy given to him, the other members of the ranch can walk in and out of Crooks room as they wish but Crooks is not aloud anywhere near the bunkhouse. When Lennie enters Crooks room he frustratingly says “This here’s my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse and you ain’t wanted in my room!” Crooks is irritated with Lennie as he casually walks in but he doesn’t want him to leave, his bitter and sad outcome is revealed as he tells Lennie; “ A guy needs somebody to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he

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