Disabilities In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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"We're born alone we live alone die alone. Only through love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone” Orson Welles. In John Steinbeck's novel, “Of Mice and Men”, Steinbeck focuses on the struggle of having a disability while struggling to get by during the American Great Depression on a Californian ranch life. Even though one may have to live around their disability, they do not let that become a big stepping stone in the life, whether they know about it or not. In John Steinbeck's novel, “Of Mice and Men”, Lennie Small, Carlson and Crooks are three great examples of how they keep living their lives despite the facts that they each have a disabilities to their lives. Lennie Small, being complete opposite of his name, is a big man and has a really good friend. He has a mentally like one of a child. “[George] heard Lennie’s whimpering cry and wheeled about. "Blubberin’ like a baby! Jesus Christ! A big guy like you!" Lennie’s lip quivered and tears started in his eyes. "Aw, Lennie!" George put his hand on Lennie’s shoulder. "I ain’t takin’ it away jus’ for meanness. That mouse…show more content…
He has this big dream of living at a ranch, with his own family, and what a typical ranch has. Unfortunately, he cannot pursue his dream. Crooks is African American. The setting of the novel is during the 1930s which is America's time of the Great Depression. Therefore racial equality by law has a long way to go. Since racial equality does not exist yet, he is subjected to racial inferiority and will not be able to live the life he wishes to live. If it was not for this assignment, I would of missed such an enjoyable novel as this. Just like in reality, each character in “Of Mice and Men”, had their own disability or wall that they needed to climb over in order to get through life. Honestly, I'm not a great fan of killing animals or anything really but in a sense understand Lennie and
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