Lennie is oppressed for having a mental disability. Many people take advantage of him for his lack of intelligence, including George. When George explains to Slim how he knows Lennie, he mentions how he used to play jokes on Lennie for being so slow. He says, “‘Used to play jokes on ‘im ‘cause he was too dumb to take care of ‘imself. But he was too dumb to even know he had a joke played on him. I had fun. Made me seem God damn smart alongside of him,’”(40). Lennie admits to Slim that he used to be mean to Lennie to make himself seem superior. Seperately, Crooks is oppressed for being black. When he speaks out against Curley’s wife, she threatens to have him hanged, because black men weren’t allowed to disrespect white people. She says, “‘Well you keep your place then Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny,’”(81). She uses a racial slur and threatens him with her white
During the time of the Great Depression people did not know about mental disabilities and that is why Lennie was not treated fairly. Lennie got into a lot of trouble at work, which caused for him and George to find different jobs all the time. An example of when Lennie and George had to leave a job because of Lennie’s actions was when they were in Weed and Lennie touched the girl’s dress and would not let go. The only reason why Lennie did that was because he saw something he liked and he did not want to let go and he became scared when she started to scream. People during this time period were unaware of mental disabilities which made it hard for them to get jobs. Lennie and George’s dream was to own their own farm but it was hard to attain because of money issues and Lennie's disability, “But he gets in trouble alla time because he’s so Goddamn dumb” (Steinbeck 41). George was the only one who knew about Lennie’s disability and he kept it a secret because if people knew, they would have never gotten a job. People with mental and physical disabilities were discriminated during the Great Depression because they were different, which made it hard to attain dreams. There were many protests that happened during the Great Depression involving people with disabilities, people would go to relief offices and demand for jobs, but the
Seen throughout the book, Of Mice and Men, the character development of the main character, Lennie, was changing to a more violent and uncontrollable human, and foreshadowed his death. Since Lennie killed Curley’s wife he was a fugitive, and anyone who killed him is just. In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character George is justified in killing Lennie because of his actions caused by his disabilities allowing for a better life.
Although Lennie is treated really crappy he is not treated the worst in the novel. His whole life he was always called names for being big and dumb. At one point in the story George and Lennie are just about to get to Soledad and they stop to eat beans. Lennie says he likes his with ketchup and George proceeds to tell him that he always wants what they don't have and says “ You crazy son-of-a-bitch. You keep me in hot water all the time” (Steinbeck 11). He was telling Lennie that he always keeps him heated or furious and that he never gets to be calm and have time to rest since he has to watch Lennie like a hawk
Next, we will talk about Lennie. Lennie is a retard and the author makes fun of him and pretty much makes it seem like retards make people's lives miserable. He shows that Lennie is making George's life suck so therefore he has discrimination against retards. “I could do a lot without you” George says this and that Lennie is holding him back.
The novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is a story about two men and their companionship. The story takes place in California during the Great Depression. The two men have a dream to one day own a farm of their own. This dream never comes true and they are forced to work for someone else on a ranch for the rest of their lives. On of the main characters, Lennie, is retarded and often gets him and George into trouble. In the story, the author gives many clues that allude to the fact that Lennie has a mental illness. Throughout the story, he says and does things that shows the reader of this. The ways Lennie is shown as retarded is through his childish manner, his memory loss, his incapability to control his strength, and his cowardness.
Throughout the book George precedes to demean and put down Lennie consistently throughout the book. “Jus’ tell Lennie what to do an’ he’ll do it if it don’t take no figuring. He can’t think of nothing to do himself, but he sure can take orders” (Steinbeck 43). This is just one of the many examples throughout the book. When George constantly does this it is an issue to Lennie’s mental health. George however, is actually kind of sorry for what he has done in the past “Tell you what made me stop that. One day a bunch of guys were standin’ around up on the Sacramento River. I was feelin’ pretty smart. I turns to Lennie and says, ‘Jump in.’ An’ he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him. An’ he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I aint done nothing like that no more” (Steinbeck 44). Even George is remorseful for what he has done in the past he still continues to demean Lennie. Which (due to his childlike demeanor) Lennie does not notice when he is being made fun
In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the era of the Great Depression in the 1930’s is revealed through a simple story of ranch workers who hope to improve their lives. Migrant workers, George and Lennie, have a friendship that is based on trust and protection. The other workers lack the companionship and bond that these two men have. In the novel, the absence and presence of friendship is the motivation for the characters’ actions.
George and Lennie, prominent characters in the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, are migrant workers—men who move from place to place to do seasonal work— who end up in California and are faced with numerous problems. Set in the era of the great depression, the story of Lennie and George, two very different men who have formed a family-like union, takes place on a farm where Lennie struggles to stay out of trouble. Having committed an unintentional, harmful act, Lennie is faces severe consequences; and George must decide to make a necessary decision which changes the mood of the entire novel. By the comparison and contrast of George and Lennie, unique characters who are very different from each other, the reader can better acquaint himself
Throughout the book George calls Lennie a “crazy bastard”. Although, George uses foul language toward Lennie, his actions show his compassion and caring. George even contradicts some of his own put-downs towards Lennie as seen on when he compliments Lennie’s work ethic, saying, “he is a hell of a good worker and strong as a bull” (pg 22). Another argument that George is a bad friend to Lennie is the fact that George shot Lennie. It is true that George shot Lennie, but what some do not understand is why this occurred. George and Lennie had already run from one place because of Lennie’s actions, and now they had to be on the run again. The question arose that a life of running from bad things was not a life at all. Also, George knew that if the ranchers were to catch Lennie, they would kill him as revenge for killing Curley's wife. At the very least, George would be thrown into jail and he due to his mental disability, he would not even comprehend the reason for his incarceration. George’s compassion for Lennie made him believe that there was no other choice but to shoot Lennie himself preventing Lennie from suffering the at the hands of the
In the book George told of the old times when he used to take advantage of Lennie by tricking him into doing things. He kept doing that until he almost killed him. I thought that this was a horrible way to treat one of your friends. The whole time everyone was calling Lennie dumb and stupid until he beat someone up.
Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that takes place in the 1930s at a ranch in Soledad, Alabama. The 1930s was a tough time because of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. There were many migrant workers and people searching for companions. Migrant workers are people who travel from place to place trying to earn money. In the book, George and Lennie travel together to ranches, Lennie is mentally disabled with gigantism. He doesn 't know how to control his actions and his grip strength crushes things uncontrollably. In the 1930s, people with disabilities were not treated equally and they were often taken advantage of. For example, Curley, the owner of the ranch 's son often takes advantage of Lennie and tries to pick fights with Lennie and Lennie doesn 't know how to respond. Lennie and George strive to try to reach the American Dream, they want to own their own farm and Lennie wants to tend the rabbits. In this book, there is lots of prejudice towards minorities because of the time they were in. Crooks, who is a colored man, is an outcast in society because he is colored and he is all alone looking for a companion. Scarseth 's reviews of the book were all positive and he had lots of good points about the book and he explained what good writing was. Thomas Scarseth 's detailed responses were correct about Of Mice and Men because of the evidence from the text about characters, plot, themes, and symbols.
People of his type would often end up in a mental institution and get treated like an animal. Slim, the wisest of Steinbeck’s characters points out the detriment this could have on Lennie when he says, “An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good, George” (Steinbeck 97). With Slim stating that, we know that people with handicaps are looked down upon in this time era. If Lennie would’ve continued to live, he could’ve ended up locked in a cage in a mental institution. George thought about all of this and made the right decision in ending Lennie’s life. Lennie would of never been at peace in a mental
Sometimes, the difference between good and bad isn't always black and white. Sometimes, you have to make a decision that isn't bad but, isn't necessarily good. that's exactly what George did when he shot Lennie. After Lennie killer Curley's wife, George realized Lennie would never stop causing trouble. Curley also made it very clear he was going to make killing Lennie as painful as possible. When George shot Lennie in the back of the head, he granted Lennie a kind and quick death.
Lennie is a big man with mental disabilities; he is very strong and has a good heart. Lennie likes to touch soft thing, especially pets. Due to that he likes to pet them he has killed many animals because he doesn’t know his own strength. For instance on page 9 George takes away Lennie’s mouse because it is dead, for stroking it too hard. But later on, his strength increases with anger and cause more problems. Curley is their boss’s son and he has a beautiful young wife that causes trouble. One day Lennie was in the barn crying because he had killed his pup and knows that because he killed the pup he cannot tend the rabbits in their land that they were going to buy. He was sad and angry but at that moment Curley’s wife walks in and try to talk