Disabilities In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The nineteen thirties happened a long time ago. Many things have changed since then, one of them is the treatment of people with disabilities. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Lennie Small, a man with a cognitive disability, is gruesomely mistreated. If he were to live his life nowadays, his treatment would be extremely different. If Lennie was born in say; nineteen eighty, his treatment would be different because; people would be more supportive of him and his cognitive disability, he wouldn’t be driven out of town multiple times, and his life wouldn’t have ended so abruptly because he wouldn’t be wanted dead by ranchers. Today, everyone would be much more supportive of Lennie and his cognitive disability. There are companies…show more content…
In the book, Lennie was not only chased out of the ranch he worked at in Weed, but he was also chased out of the ranch in Soledad. In the novel it says “‘She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse. She yells and we got to hide in an irrigation ditch all day with guys lookin’ for us, and we got to sneak out in the dark and get outta the country.’”(Steinbeck 11). Lennie was chased out in Weed, because he held onto a woman’s silk dress, because of the aforementioned urge to feel soft things. He was also driven out of the ranch in Soledad. In the novel it says “‘I know who done it… That big son-of-a-bitch done it. I know he done it… I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts…’ Slim sighed. ‘Well, I guess we got to get him… I guess we got to get ‘im,’ Slim repeated… ‘The rest of us better get goin’.’”(Steinbeck 96, 97, 98). The reasoning behind his expulsion from this ranch was the fact that he broke a woman’s neck. This is more understandable, but if Lennie were in the twenty-first century, he would be sentenced to jail, instead of being driven out of town, by angry murderous ranchers. People now would be more understanding and accepting of Lennie’s cognitive disability, and they wouldn’t do those kinds of things to…show more content…
He would’ve received better support, people would be more understanding of him and his cognitive disability, and he would still be alive to this day. Lennie was treated awfully in the novel, and his treatment would be much improved today. There would be many people, and programs, to help him cope with his cognitive disability. People would also treat Lennie kindlier, and help him, rather than running him out of town. Finally, Lennie would still be alive today, and he’d still be able to hold onto the dream of tending to the rabbits. Lennie was unfortunate, to have lived in the nineteen-thirties, instead of the late nineteen-hundreds, and

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