Social Injustices In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Imagine a time in the past, where people don’t have equal rights, where people are bullying people from the other race. Even in a world today, people still faced social injustice. Due to this fact, John Steinbeck created a novel called Of Mice and Men. The novel is about people are traveling together to find a job, trying to achieve their American Dream in the era of The Great Depression while discrimination is still around. People face social injustices so people can’t achieve their American Dreams. John Steinbeck shows that social injustice can make people feel like they don’t matter and don’t belong in society; he shows this through the characters of Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s Wife. John Steinbeck has demonstrated the act of …show more content…
Curly, the boss’s son doesn’t like big guys, so he takes advantage of this and try and beat Lennie up. It is shown on page 63 of the book Of Mice and Men by “He slashed at Lennie with a right. Lennie gave a cry of Terror. Blood welled from his nose,” (Steinbeck 63). In the sentence above, he is being abused by Curley. He is mentally disordered, so he can´t defend, he can only stand there and do nothing, although he has the amount of overwhelming strength that can break Curley´s arm. He has experienced social injustice is because of the reason that he is a big guy and the reason that he is mentally disordered, so people take advantage of that and try to bully him. He can easily defend himself, but he couldn't because of the fact that he is too scared to fight back. Also because that he is mentally disordered, people take advantage of him. When Slim is having a …show more content…
She has experienced social injustice is due to the fact that people are treating her like tools, she is an item that someone belongs to. She married to Curley is due to the fact that she wants to leave her hometown, but realizes that it is a bad choice. Curley’s wife goes to Crook’s barn because of the fact that she is alone, they were getting it into a fight, then Candy “was watching her, fascinated. ‘If you were to do that, we’d tell...we’d tell you framin’ Crooks.’... ‘if you go right now, we won't tell Curley you were here.’”(Steinbeck 81). Because of the fact that she is the only female in the story, and wife of the boss’ son, so people try and stay away from her. She is experiencing social injustice is because of the fact that she's the only female of the novel. People are speaking back/talking back to her, although they shouldn’t because it’s the boss’ son. Due to this, she is easily alone and lonely, so she wants to talk to people. People are treating her like she doesn’t belong to the society. When the people are having a conversation about “‘Did you see that girl?’ ‘You mean Curley's girl?’ Yeah. Did she come in the barn?’ ‘No. Anyways I never saw her...’”(Steinbeck 55). In the novel, Curley’s wife doesn’t have a name, because of the fact that she is being used as a possessive or an item. She is also the only girl in the novel. People treating her poorly is because of the fact that she

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