Mistreatment And Discrimination In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Imagine someone being alone and solitary from others just because of their gender. During The Great Depression, women didn't have equal rights as men. Also, there was a lot of discrimination. In Of Mice and Men, discrimination is portrayed many times. People mistreated people who looked “different” from them. They often put themselves above the people who were “different.” In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck shows readers that people who are deemed “different” face mistreatment and discrimination through his portrayal of Curley’s wife’s isolation due to her gender. Steinbeck shows us the inequality between men and women. Curley’s wife is a good example. We get a good feeling of how “different” they were. When Curley’s wife is …show more content…
In the book, we realize why Curley's wife wants attention. All she wants is to have a friendship with one of the men, and have a normal conversation with them. She tries to have a conversation with George and Lennie and says, “Oh!” ‘She puts her hand behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward. “You're the new fellas that just come, ain't ya?” (31) Curley's wife is desperate for attention and would do anything to receive it. Because of this, all the men think she wants to create trouble, but in reality she just wants a normal conversation with anybody. They misinterpret her feeling and desire to fit in with the rest of the men. Curley's wife also wants to be and feel loved. Even though she is married to Curley, she doesn't feel loved. When she is talking to Lennie she says, “I don't like Curley. He ain't a nice fella.” (89). We can infer that Curley and his wife do not have a good relationship and don't really love each other. That is why she is always flirting with other men and “looking” for Curley. Steinbeck gives numerous examples of the discrimination who were seen “different”. People like that face loneliness, and mistreatment. Curley's wife shows many examples of how people who were discriminated may have felt and wanted. She portrays this through her actions and conversations with Lennie. Even though she may be viewed

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