Discrimination in Of Mice and Men

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“I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form.” (Andrew, Cuomo) It’s true, discrimination is everywhere, but was it in Of Mice and Men? It was extremely evident, for example, with Lennie, Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and so on. All the minorities were discriminated against, but why? Discrimination is a serious issue in the world today that runs through the veins of every group of people. People are always pointing fingers at other people who, from themselves, are different politically, racially, and religiously, so why do we do it? It’s because discriminating against other people makes us feel more secure. But what was discrimination like in the 1930’s? Discrimination, in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, impacted the lives of Crooks, Lennie, and Curley’s Wife by altering the way people viewed them, which restricted their freedom on the ranch.
In Of Mice and Men, an older gentleman named Crooks was discriminated for multiple reasons. For instance, Crooks was African American, so the bigotry on the farm was unimaginable. The men called him racist names like “Stable Buck” or “The Nigger.” He also had a physical disability that dawned on his appearance. Having a crooked back made people think less of him, and men on the farm often terrorized and beat him. The men also thought that because he was an African American that he smelt bad, like an animal. To make things even worse, they made him sleep apart from the other men, near the stables. The whites thought that he came from so foreign land, like an exotic animal that was unwanted, so they didn’t know how to communicate with him. The discriminatory actions of the whites made Crooks hostile.
Another victim of discrimination in Of Mice and Men is Cur...

... middle of paper ... beaten, used as punching bag for the boss. His coworkers alienated him and thought less of him due to his hunchback and race. Curley’s wife was neglected by almost everyone, and was treated poorly by Curley. She wore reveling clothing, so many men called her names like “slut” or “flu flu.” She always felt lonely and distant from the rest. Lennie Small had a mental disability and couldn’t comprehend or remember things like an average person should been able to. He was left out from group activities, and treated like a child. All three have a few things in common. They were all discriminated against. They were all neglected from everyone else. Finally, each one was lonely in a way, which resulted in hostile behavior, desperation, confusion and depression. It was clear to me that Of Mice and Men demonstrate the struggles of minorities in the 1930’s and so forth.
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