Marginalization Of John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

816 Words Oct 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Graeme Turner
Mr. Douglass
English Coming of Age Literature, Period 3
October 3rd, 2016
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Marginalization in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men sets apart all the characters, creating life-like and leveled characters. Lennie is pushed aside for his mental inability and incompetence. Sexism is highly prevalent against Curley’s wife, being abused because of her gender. Crooks is discriminated against due to him being African American. Candy’s age puts him at a disadvantage to all of the other workers, being unable to perform as well as the rest of the men, and therefore being regarded as a lesser being. Marginalization is important in the novella because it sets the tone for the entire book, and puts current society in a spotlight. All of the marginalized characters in Of Mice and Men are analogous to today’s discriminated population. Lennie represents people with mental disabilities who are marginalized by today’s society. When George warns Lennie about a potential fight with Curley, he replies, “’…if the son-of-a-bitch socks you – let ‘im have it.’ ‘Let him have what, George?’ ‘Never mind, never mind’” (Steinbeck, 30). His mental capacity is clearly too low to comprehend a common phrase, even as an adult. Even George, the closest thing he has to friends or family, quickly passes him off as if he were irrelevant. Many more people today treat those with mental issues the same as the guys on the ranch treat Lennie; with pure disdain. Curley’s wife is the perfect reflection…

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