Of Mice And Men Discrimination Analysis

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In the novel Of Mice and Men, author John Steinbeck takes account of three main themes; Fraternity, Dreams, and Discrimination to form the statement that the most capable in society must be responsible for the least capable. George is responsible for Lennie, they both dream everyday about their farm, and many characters are discriminated against in the novel. A very evident theme that Steinbeck portrays is the theme of fraternity or brotherhood. In the beginning it shows how George has to take responsibility for Lennie. Lennie is disabled, and without George, he would be even more lost than he already is. George may not like Lennie at times, but looks back and feels bad for the poor guy. For example the quote: “I got you! You can't keep…show more content…
Not only is Lennie discriminated, but when George and Lennie enter the farm, discrimination has already occurred. Lennie is often prejudiced from his mental disability. Especially at the ending of the book when Lennie is killed by George. Other victims of discrimination in this novel are: Crooks, a black stable buck; Curley’s Wife, the farm owner’s neglected daughter-in-law; and Candy, an old, disabled housekeeper. Crooks is discriminated from his skin color. “They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. They say I stink.”(page. 34) This quote demonstrates how racial people are, and how Crooks wasn’t allowed to do something. Also Crooks isn’t allowed to sleep in the bunkhouse, but he has his own shack across from it. Curley’s wife is the only woman on the farm and no one has ever given her a chance. There hasn’t been a legitimate reason why everyone has turned on her. “Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am, anyways?” (Page 43). She’s not allowed to talk to anyone because everybody thinks she’s a tart. Everyone thought she was bad, and that’s how she was discriminated. Candy is discriminated against by his age. He has a very old dog, and the boys at the farm want to shoot it. Candy thinks that just because someone is old doesn’t mean they’re useless, and would they shoot him too? They always think he’s unable to do things because he’s old, even though he can do it. Throughout the novel, he is often by himself, away from others, because he is discriminated against by the others. As the end of the novel approaches, discrimination leads towards Lennie’s harsh
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