In Of Mice and Men, these outcasts, Candy, Crooks, Curley’s Wife, and Lennie, are discriminated for their physical capabilities, race, gender, and mental abilities. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Candy is discriminated for his physical capabilities because his right hand is only a stump. According to Candy himself, “‘I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That’s why they give me a job swampin’” (59).
“Curley’s wife stands as a glaringly bitter and ironic illus-tration of the immorality of narrow minds and the social conditions that produce them” (Hart 39). No one on the ranch gives Curley’s wife the respect that a young, beautiful woman deserves, but she also has been treated so low her whole life that she does not demand respect. For exam-ple, “Curley’s wife is not given a proper name. Apparently she does not merit it;” Curley’s wife never takes notice to her name never being used, which is
Candy is set apart from the rest of the workers due to his old age and his strong bond with his dog who eventually was killed. Candy is first introduced as “a tall stoop-shouldered old man”(18), indicating to the audience he is old. Candy also has a hand injury which prevents him to do as much as the rest of the men are able to, making him feel isolated to certain things. Toward the beginning of the novella, Carlson suggested to Candy that he should kill his dog due to its old age. Candy cried desperately “‘No, I couldn’t do that.
She also irritably claimed that the reason they had no money was because the kids ' father and her husband was an unlucky man. She disgustingly went as far as to blame him for causing her to lose her luck. Nothing in the story showed any indication of her trying to instill good morals in her children. Her own son literally felt as if he had to prove himself to
He says, “You talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won’t get no land.” Crooks has seen many people with that dream that never did it, and he didn’t get to see someone get the land they wanted anyway. These events lead to and foreshadow the farm dream being dead. The second event that Steinbeck uses foreshadowing is, curley’s wife being killed. George tells lennie to hide in the brush if he gets in trouble. “If you just happen to get in trouble like you always done before hide here in the brush.” Because he has gotten in trouble before he wants him to hide, and they repeat it multiple times throughout the story.
Tom becomes despondent and tries to escape, and is at the zenith of the fence but then gets shot and dies. When Atticus breaks the grievous news to Scout, Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia he says that, “Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own” (315). This means that Tom was tired of waiting on the white men, because they had not done anything good for him in his life. Being oblivious to the fact that Atticus could set him free he tries to escape because he does not think Atticus can do it. All in all Tom dies for no reason and represents a mockingbird because of that.
Three prominent themes in To Kill a Mockingbird are lost honor, loneliness as destruction, and will to survive. Bob Ewell barely had a shred of respect for anyone, and that is all he got in return. Everyone in Maycomb knew he was a man of no dignity, a man who lived in the town dump, without a care for his children. Atticus explains more about the Ewell’s to Scout, “It’s against the law, all right, and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don’t know any landowner around here who be grudges those children’s game their father can hit” (Lee 41).
Nevertheless, Grendel’s isolation from animals, “The doe in the clearing goes stiff at sight of my horridness, then remembers her legs and is gone (Gardner pg.7)”, and other monsters, “”I see,” I said. It was to some extent untrue (Gardner pg. 65)”, leave him alone. He has no companions from the animals, who are scared of him, nor the other monsters, who he can not totally understand. Isolation from society deals major blows to self esteem and confidence.
The workers get to know each other and realize eachothers challenges. On the ranch Lennie and Crooks are shown as discriminated characters in the novel, “Of Mice and Men”. In Steinbeck’s novel, Lennie is a stupid man and is taken advantaged because of this. Curlys wife is moving Lennie’s hand to stroke her hair after she is told that he is not supposed to be talking to her. Steinbeck page 86 and Steinbeck 90 prove this, “Well, I ain’t supposed to talk to you or nothing.” “Feel right aroun’ there and see how soft it is.
They both lack of sociality and romance and denial. Miss Brill and Emily Grierson both experience lonesome and rejection, and obviously neither of them know how to deal or cope with it. The way that Emily was raised with her father always pushing away anyone who tried to get involved in Emily’s life. In his eyes no one was good enough for his daughter, and this continued till the day he died. After Emily’s fathers death a man named Homer Barron walked into her life, and lest just say he wasn’t feeling the exact same way about her, or any other woman in that matter.