Even though John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men focuses on loneliness, the book also weaves in much of the racial discrimination around the 1930s. One character, Crooks, was a different race than all the other men, and he was treated very differently because of the fact that he was black. When the white characters talk about Crooks they portray ownership over him. Being black in the 1930s was a difficult time for them to have a decent living. Crooks was not allowed to even live in the same place as the white men.
1. It is a common misconception that racism is a dichotomized “Black and White” issue, which overshadows the racially discriminatory experiences of Asian Americans since its start of the immigration history in the nineteenth century. Asian immigrants were attracted to the U.S. by the opportunities for employment and escape from challenging economical and political conditions in their homelands; however, they have faced discriminatory laws, in addition to experiencing various forms of overt and covert, and intentional and unintentional racism. 2. Daily experiencing of racism and racial discrimination may not be exclusive to Asian Americans; rather, it may be a pervasive phenomenon with which any racial minority groups confront.
The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
How is the racial problem of the southern states of USA in the 1930s portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird? INTRO In the 1930s the Southern states of America suffered from a strong discrimination and racial hatred towards colored people. They had no rights, no respect and were not allowed to go places white people went. In other words they were segregated from the rest of the society.
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness.
In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the racist attitudes of the Deep South in the late 1800's are shown. Mark Twain portrays a runaway slave, Jim, as a racist caricature who does whatever is asked of him and exhibits little intelligence. The reader can initially see this through the use of the word "nigger" that is all throughout the book. In the modern 21st century this term is taken offensively, but in the 19th century this term was commonly used and Twain took advantage of it.
Racism is the belief that one’s race is superior than other races. Unfortunately, racial minorities have and continue to be oppressed because they do not consist of the majority of racial identity in certain communities. Furthermore, this racial bias affects minorities throughout the world by distorting others’ perception of them by associating their groups with negative connotations that often are based on few occurrences within the racial group. Examples of racial discrimination can be seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men, which are books that exemplify how people can be exploited, cheated and abused because of racial prejudice and inequality.
In the 1930’s the world struggled with many issues such as racism, prejudice, and injustice hierarchy. Many of these problems still remain a problem to this day. In the book, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the themes of the book symbolize the social struggles of the time period of the Great Depression. In the story, two men travel place to place, trying to maintain a job to make a living. However, Lennie, a strong, mentally handicapped character makes it difficult for him and his caretaker George, to stay in one place.
A society is a group of people that have similar beliefs and expectations of one another. When members violate rules of the group, they may be excluded or ostracized by other members. Sameness is appreciated in a society. Unfortunately differences can have very serious consequences for those who choose to break social norms or don’t “fit” into the society. These reactions by a society helps to bind members together making the society strong.
Martin Luther King Jr. once confirmed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”; considering this, justice appears to be threatened in society. Many are not treated with the deserving respect and courtesy as a result of intolerance. This is prominent in the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the characters of Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks to demonstrate that individuals are victims of social injustice due to their physical ability, gender, and race. For instance, Steinbeck uses the character of Candy to demonstrate that individuals are victims of social injustice due to their physical ability.
“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society”- Nelson Mandela. The book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck captures the reality of class division as the characters are judged upon their social status which defines who they are as a person. Steinbeck is suggesting that a person’s values are reflected by their race, as they are treated differently based on the color or their skin and a person’s gender as women have stereotypes set for them and are degraded by society. A person’s values are reflected by their race as they are treated differently based on the color or their skin.
Prejudice, it’s something humans all do naturally. Everybody, no matter what race, appearance and family history, have some level of prejudice against others. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife, Candy, and Crooks are discriminated against, ‘picked on’ and there are certain degrees of prejudice they are treated with. These characters are crucial in providing the audience or the reader with evidence that prejudice is a human fault and the way in which these characters were treated, is to be expected. Curley’s wife is a prime example of the type and degree of sexism and discrimination that women during that time were treated with.