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Impairment In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In the book “Of mice and men”there are a few characters with impairments.They are not hard to notice some physical some mental.One of the characters Lennie (one of thew main characters)has a mental impairment.The reader can tell this because in the book it states”Well, he seen this girl in a red dress. A dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch everything he likes. Just wants to feel it. So he reaches out to feel this red dress and’ the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he holds on ‘cause that’s the only thing he can think to do. Well, this girl squawks and squawks. I was just’ a little bit off, and I heard all the yelling’, so I come running, and’ by that time Lennie’s so scared all he can think to do is jus’…show more content…
“They’ll can me purty soon. Jus’ as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunk houses they’ll put me on the county.”But he is also declining in his mental stability because he is growing old. He is not as strong either.His stability by being able to work is declining because of his age and his hand.Candy said, “I ain’t much good with on’y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch.” Candy believes that him and his dog are the same and that when candy is no longer able to work he is going to be kicked out just like the dog was killed because of his inability to work and old age.His impairment is affecting his mental health because he feels that way about him and his dog being alike. Personally, my least favorite character of mine is Curley .Curley has a physical impairment he has a shattered hand from Lennie.Between Lennie and Curley's fight Lennie did not fight back until late George told him to but once he fought back Lennie caught Curley's hand and wouldn't let it go not knowingly crushed every bone in Curley's hand.This will have an impact on Curley's life because now what he has always wanted the most(power) has been taken away from him since all of his power came from his fighting and “winning”he can't act like he’s bigger than everyone else as much now with her.He is no longer able to “show off”for his wife which is what i believe he’s been trying to
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