The real life issue of discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities in the United States and Australia is demonstrated in the novel, Of Mice and Men by showing how this issue affects one of the main characters, Lennie Smalls. Lennie Smalls one of the main characters in the novel of Mice and Men, is impacted by the human rights issue of discrimination and living with an intellectual disability. “Intellectual Disability, formerly referred to as "mental retardation, is characterized by "significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills” (Death Penalty Info). Lennie exhibits several signs of having an Intellectual disability, for example, he has problems remembering things. George is constantly giving Lennie directions that he has to repeat several times to help him remember.
In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, he makes many predictions that are applicable today. Some of these predictions are negatively impacting society, which is creating many problems for the people who do not want to follow what the government is enforcing. In the novel the people think that their TV’s are their family, they do not have the capacity to think and judge the rules
When analyzing the context of the novel there were different approaches that could have been made, and more thought could have been re-evaluated. The story Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was a heart reacting novel with many characters and subcontext messages sewed into its bindings. The story revolves around the life of two farmhands named George a basic worker with a temper, and Lennie a lovable man-child that was born at the wrong time. Both characters faced a common dilemma, is that the actions made by Lennie and George caused a brutal ending for their story. A summary of there actions is that George was put in a predicament that could have handled in a better way.
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, seclusion is a common issue that most of the characters are trying to manage throughout the novel. One of the protagonists, Lennie Small, struggles to become independent due to his mental disability, which impedes his path to self-reliance and self-sufficiency. This accentuates how his mental disability severely limits Lennie’s ability to empathize and interact with the people and world around him. He is incapable of recognizing other people’s facial expressions and inferring other people’s thoughts and emotional reactions; this forces Lennie to say and do inappropriate things and feel very confused when communicating with others. This is why he avoids collaborating with unfamiliar people and acquires overwhelming
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Thoroughly explaining prejudice in an abstract way, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck displays considerable amount of prejudice. It’s significance lies where Steinbeck conveys vital messages about the society we live in and showcases crucial themes beneath the overall story. Themes such as justice, dreams and prejudice are all displayed through the characters’ thoughts and dialogue. It symbolizes how our society was in the 1900s and what the human race has followed through and developed from experiences, such as sexism, racism, stereotypes, criticism, etc. Produce is showcased in the novella through characters Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife.
Chen Guangcheng, a prominent blind civil rights activist, said, “How a society treats its disabled is the true measure of a civilization.” The topic of disabilities is touched upon many times in the novella Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck writes masterfully, driving character development forward employing societal paradigms on which to model his alternate world. Because the story is less plot driven as some others, it relies heavily on the presence of literary elements coupled with the exploration of civic themes. The undertones of political commentary in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men attempt to convey the mistreatment of people with disabilities in that they are isolated from society and treated vehemently, in order to connect us to characters’s social experiences in relation to the norms of the time period. John Steinbeck continually makes the assertion that
Equivalently, as a disabled man, Lennie has a hard time controlling his actions and emotions, and this has lead to hurting people and himself. This is hurting the people around him, himself, his pets. This would be a case, such as the child from the article, that something such as a mercy killing could and would be implemented, especially on Lennie. This is one of the reasons of why George decided to save Lennie’s life by ending
Individuals, who suffer from any type of disabilities, sadly live a different life due the societal stigma attached to it. The film When Billy Broke His Head and the reading Deaf Matters Compulsory Hearing and Ability Trouble both illustrate the hardships and struggles disabled individuals go through as a result of stereotypical misconceptions created by the media and the larger society. Firstly, exemplified in the media through a portrayal of disheartened characteristics like constant anger and bitterness about life, a misconception of an unapproachable individual starts to become produced. Through a continuous loop of negative illustrations of disability, an unawareness and lack of knowledge about certain disabilities, a stigma of this unfamiliar
Failing over and over again repeatedly was another form that was introduced to be a form of suffering. Stonsy believes suffering happens in each century due to society failing to provide equality among every individual and also failing to improve their mistakes. During the sixteenth century, suffering was happening due to people not having enough money and being unable to buy shelter. Society in the sixteenth century failed to help fix these problems and therefore introduced a new form of suffering. In the nineteenth century, economic problems as well as social and political problems started to occur which caused people to experience a different type of suffering by having feelings of stress as well as feelings of anxiety.
In addition, many of the early medical explanation of mental illness were all inhumane and no compassion towards the people. Mentally ill person were being punished for their morality. In the 18th century, many mentally ill people still living in poor conditions and mental illness were seen as incurable disease. Thus, people with mental illness were confined in jails, hospitals or public asylums which later became a humanitarian concern. During the 18th century, moral treatment were introduced to many institutions and this led to community care growth in the
Title Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression. The Depression was a hard time in history for many Americans due to the lack of money, lack of work, and often lack of family. Many men had to search for jobs all alone. Americans felt depressed and hopeless during the Depression because they say no hope or good in the future. Steinbeck establishes a desperate mood and makes the reader prepare for tragedy by using words with negative connotations and by foreshadowing.