Discrimination In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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“Collective fear stimulates herd of instinct, and tends to produce ferocity to those who are not regarded as members of the herd,” (Goodreads). This quote means that not everyone is accepted in the society we live in and that people do not like change.There are many types of discrimination and a lot of people have a hard time overcoming it and in the story Of Mice and Men, discrimination affects the characters Lennie by being treated inhumanly, Crooks being separated from the other guys on the ranch and by Curley’s Wife being given a bad reputation. The way Lennie is affected by discrimination is by society treating him like he is an animal because he is mentally ill. Lennie Small is a very big and strong guy, which kind of makes his name …show more content…
Crooks was an African American character who basically had a broken back. One example that shows how he was segregated is, “‘ Well I have a right to have a light. You go on and get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain’t wanted in my room.’” (Steinbeck 68). This quote shows that Crooks has his own room or living arrangements because of him being African American. Since he is separated from all the other men and not allowed into the bunkhouse, he does not want people in his room because he thinks it is only fair. Crooks is affected by being separated because it makes him lonely and makes him think he is less important. Another example that shows how Crooks is affected by being separated is, “This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see? You couldn’t remember it anyways…” (Steinbeck 71). This is another quote from Crooks and he is saying that he is not as important as a white man and the fact that he has a broken back makes him even more less important or like nobody cares. This affects him because it makes him feel like he is a nobody. He lives all by himself with very little human contact and he does not like it at all. Overall, Crooks is affected by being separated from the other men on the ranch by him being locked away in his own room and by him feeling like …show more content…
She was affected by the guys giving her a bad reputation. Curley’s Wife is married to Curley and she does not have a name in the book other than Curley’s Wife to show that women are not as important as men in this time period. One example that shows how she is affected is, “She’s gonna make a mess. they’s gonna be a bad mess about her. She’s a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys ain’t no place for a girl, ‘specially like her.” (Steinbeck 51). This is a quote from George to Lennie telling him to stay away from her because of how she acts. All of the guys on the ranch think she is an awful girl and that she shouldn’t be on the ranch. This makes her feel like she is unwanted and it makes her miss her dreams as a little girl of being an actor. Another example that shows how she was affected is, “You know what I think? Well, I think Curley’s married… a tart.” (Steinbeck 28). This is a quote from a character named Carlson. He is basically calling Curley’s Wife a slut. He is saying that she will look at other guys in the ranch like she wants to be with them even though she is married to Curley. She is affected by this because it makes her look like someone she isn’t. Everyone just assumes that she is a slut and nobody, even Curley, really knows who she is. Curley’s Wife is affected by being given a bad reputation because it makes her feel

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