How Does Steinbeck Present The Theme Of Discrimination In Of Mice And Men

1329 Words 6 Pages
The novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, is about the aspects of loneliness and discrimination. Lennie, a man with a strong heart and poor intelligence faces the challenges of discrimination. He does so along with Crooks who is the only black man on the ranch and is treated poorly because of it. Of Mice and Men really highlights the effects of loneliness when Curley’s wife has no one to ever talk to because she 's on a ranch with men that her husband has threatened to hurt if he sees them together. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is extremely similar to Of Mice and Men, with all the same aspects heavily noted in the book. In Harper Lee’s novel, a white woman accuses a black man of raping her. Atticus Finch, a white man, defends …show more content…
First, in To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is framed for rape, by the Ewells. During his trail it’s obvious he’s innocent but since he is black and all of the jury is white the decision was already made. Because of Toms skin color the Ewells got away with framing him. If discrimination wasn’t a key factor Mr.Ewell would never have gotten away with beating his own child, and Tom would not have died. Next, in Of Mice and Men, a majority of people on the farm treated Lennie nicely, and didn’t take advantage of his mental problems or incredible strength. Although, before they got hired at the ranch everywhere they went Lennie had to stay quite during interviews so no one would know he was challenged. In a different life Lennie could have been the perfect worker because of his strength, him and Charlie could have lasted much longer at one job. Lastly, also in Of Mice and Men, Crooks is constantly facing racial discrimination. He is forced to sleep in his own area because of his skin color, and isn’t wanted to socialize with the white men on the ranch. Crooks takes a harsh beating with this combination of loneliness and discrimination. It 's easy to see that he’s so badly effected when Lennie tries to have a conversation, and he’s confused and terrified of his kindness. Because of his life on the ranch Crooks became extremely isolated and lost hope of ever really leaving the ranch for a better life. Discrimination never positively effects anybody that gets entwined with

Related Documents