What Is Discrimination In Of Mice And Men

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Discrimination “Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up” (Bill Gates). In John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men, several characters are faced with the struggle of discrimination. When faced with these situations, everyone seems to battle with the injustices inflicted upon them. Many characters in the story are faced with these difficulties and tries to overcome them. During the 1930’s, many people struggled with discrimination because of the Great Depression. Crooks, is one of the several characters faces the struggle of discrimination. “This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?” (Steinbeck 71). Crooks is separated from all of the other men because …show more content…
She is often begging for attention throughout the novel. During the time that this novel was written, women were seen as a weaker gender and treated differently. Curley’s wife is just supposed to stay in the house because women had no use on a ranch. Repeatedly throughout the book, she talks to the men and is always flaunting herself in front of them. Women were basically used as a wife and to do chores in the house and cook. Curley’s wife can never pack up and move to a new job. She gets sick of being on the ranch, but since she’s married to Curley, she is stuck there forever. This causes her to flirt with all the men and draw attention to herself. Men stereotype women because they only see them as a wife. George is always talking about going down to the whore house, and that’s what women were seen as back then. Curley’s wife says, “Wha’s the matter with me? Ain’t I gotta right to talk to nobody?” (Steinbeck 87). Lennie knows not to talk to her, but she insists he does. George say that Curley’s wife is just asking for trouble and he knows that she is bound to cause something. She struggles with trying to talk to the men because they want nothing to do with her. Clearly, being a woman during the Great Depression was a definite daily …show more content…
Lennie has a mental disability which makes him stand out and be different from other men. At the very beginning of the novel, George tells the boss about Lennie and him. The boss knew that Lennie had a mental disability and was very hesitant about hiring him as a ranch hand. Curley also picks on Lennie several times throughout the novel. Curley doubted Lennie’s ability to stand up for himself. If it wasn’t for George, Lennie would be lost. No one in that time period would want to hire someone like Lennie. The Great Depression caused it to be very difficult for Lennie to be successful on his own. George makes it very clear to Lennie several times that it would be easier if he only had himself to worry about. Lennie says, “If you don’t want me, you only jus’ got to say so, and I’ll go off in those hills right there-right up in those hills and live by myself. An’ I won’t get no mice stole from me.” (Steinbeck 13). George knows that Lennie could not survive because of his disability. Clearly, Lennie battles daily with the struggles of

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