Discrimination In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Discrimination is all around us. It happened in the past and is still happening to this day. Could it be because of someone's race or gender? Of Mice and Men heavily focuses on the struggles of Crooks and Curley's wife as Crooks is not white and Curley's wife is a woman. In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. John reveals through dialogue, characterization of characters, and conflicts that loneliness is the result of discrimination. John Steinbeck uses dialogue to prove his theme that loneliness is a result of discrimination. To begin with, in the book Of Mice and Men, Crooks is shown to be crestfallen because of his skin color. Crooks states “come on in and sit awhile. Long as you won’t get out and leave me alone, you might …show more content…
Firstly, in the novel, Crooks and Curley’s wife was jeered upon because of Crooks race and Curley’s wife’s gender. Which would, later on, result in Crooks and Curley’s loneliness. For example, Curley’s wife ends up admitting to Lennie her loneliness by saying “all the guys get a horsehoe tenement going on. It’s on’y four o’clock. None of the guys goin to leave that tenement. Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I got awful lonely”(22). All that time, women were seen as “trophy wives” and some take care of the kids at home. Secondly, Crooks is also being discriminated against because of his race. Crooks has been adjudicated and is seen as dirt. John Steinbeck displays Lennie having a conversation with Crooks on the topic of why he’s unwanted. This is shown when Lennie states “why ain’t you wanted? Lennie asked. Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t because I’m black...”(68). At this point in time, African-Americans were hated because of their small difference which is shown in this simple but meaningful quote. Furthermore, Crooks states “They say I stink”(69). This is all because Crooks was black. Even in the real world, a stereotype of the 1930’s was that African-American stunk. John Steinbeck shows that loneliness is a result of discrimination just by his characterization of two …show more content…
In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, John reveals through dialogue, characterization of certain characters, and conflict that loneliness is a result of discrimination. The use of dialogue in Of Mice and Men was crucial to show the main theme of the book. As well as the characterization of certain characters such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Lennie. Furthermore, conflicts between characters would enhance the way the theme would be shown as seen in the book. discrimination is all around us and will probably stay around until the

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