The Homecoming King Bias In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In order to understand why Lennie uses the Homecoming King bias, it is important to first learn about it. One expert defines the bias as when we, “Act in ways that will increase our acceptance, liking, and popularity” (Taylor). In other words, the Homecoming King bias is activated when someone wants to feel like they belong in a given social situation. The decision maker is trying to seek the approval of others. In other words, change their own behavior to fit in and gain the approval to avoid feeling loneliness. Fitting in is the decision makers main concern. By doing all this and satisfying the need to feel admired, they end up losing sight of who they are, because their identity becomes defined by the people around them. Another way …show more content…
Curley believes that Lennie was laughing at him when in fact, Lennie was thinking about the ranch. This makes Curley angry so he starts verbally and physically attacking Lennie who is torn between doing what he wants to do, and what George is telling him to do. In the first step of the decision making process, Lennie faces a stressful situation. One instance is when Lennie is taking hits from Curley at the start of their fight. The author describes, “Lennie covered his face with his huge paws and bleated with terror. He cried ‘Make 'um stop, George.’ Then Curley attacked his stomach and cut off his wind” (Steinbeck). Curley is becoming very stressful for Lennie because Curley keeps hitting him and Lennie has no idea why. Thus making Lennie confused and panicked which just adds on to the stress of not knowing what to do. The next step is shown as, Lennie starts to sense that one option will allow him to gain the approval of George. He 's still in the decision making process so after Lennie gets up from the punch courtesy of Curley he looks around for George to signify what he should do. George simply tells him to fight back. Lennie does not want to hurt Curley because he knows if he gets in trouble he won 't be able to tend rabbits on the farm. However, George wants him to fight back and state his dominance to Curley. If Lennie does what George tells him to do …show more content…
This will ensure that people think about all the repercussions of their choices and make sure they are weighing their options to do the right thing. And not make a choice that could be a result of peer pressure or just because they want others to like them. In a situation where the decision maker uses the Homecoming bias, the bias impairs their judgment so, people ought to keep in mind that they would be acting a way that isn 't normal for them as well as going out of their comfort zone. Instead of impulsively making a choice if the individual has the pros and cons of the situation in mind, then they are more likely not to make a poor decision. Also It 's best to avoid a situation where people feel the need to impress or please other people. The Homecoming King bias teaches others to always base their decisions on their own judgment and not what people think others may or may not want them to

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