Cold, stone, rigid walls. A gray blotch of “food” that no one can recognize. Persistent abuse from those who are supposed to aid the mentally disturbed. This is what Lennie Small’s life would have been like if George didn’t shoot him: constant suffering. That is exactly what George didn’t want for Lennie, so he shot him. George did what he thought was best for Lennie. George didn’t want him in a state hospital because he knew that Lennie would deteriorate in the conditions of a state hospital. Everyone knew about the abuse at asylums, but only the patients and doctors knew about the extent of that abuse. In asylums the patients were not seen as people, they were seen as objects. If patients misbehaved, they could get a form of “treatment” called thump therapy. Thump therapy wasn’t actual therapy, it was just abuse termed a different name (Mental: A History of the Madhouse). Beatings were common and persistent, especially with long stay patients. In an example, one patient who continually was pestering the nurses, got a bucket thrown at him. This patient kept on pestering the nurse, so eventually this nurse yanked him to a bathroom and repeatedly dunked his head in and out of the toilet bowl (Mental: A History of the Madhouse). This is just one of the countless cases of abuse in mental institutions. …show more content…
Doctors used insulin to put the subjects into a coma. They thought it was good because it put the mind to rest. By the end of it all 44 people ended up dying from it, due to the procedure being unsafe (Mental: A History of the Madhouse). Another form of treatment was using tranquilizing drugs. Using tranquilizers was suppose to calm patients down, but instead it was giving subjects the effects of parkinson’s disease: hand tremors, muscle rigidness, and impaired speech (Mental: A History of the
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, we are here for the trial of George Milton. George Milton is on trial for first degree murder of Lennie Small. Lennie Small was a strong young man that seemed to have trouble with memorizing and comprehending. George Milton shot Lennie Small. Lennie Small had murdered a co-workers wife, by breaking her neck.
When Wrong is Right At the end of “Of Mice and Men” George is faced with grim decision of shooting his best friend and family member Lennie to ease both of their future pains. George has known Lennie for mostly all of his life and he knew that when Lennie was dead their dream of having a house would be over. George then makes up his mind and shoots Lennie making him think if it was the right decision or it was wrong. In this case the decision was right because of many reasons with one being that Lennie would never be able to survive in the world that they live in.
Robert Smalls is one of those African Americans who tried everything they can just to get freedom during the Civil War. He, however, is still unknown to this day. Smalls was born in 1839 in Beaufort, South Carolina. His mother, Lydia, was a slave while his father, John McKee, was a slave owner. Because of this advantage, Smalls was different from other slaves.
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other”. George and Lennie have been traveling together for all of their lives. George promised Lennie’s Aunt Clara before she died that he would take care Lennie. Although some people thought it was the wrong choice to shoot Lennie, George was protecting him from the awful mental institutions, inhumane prisons and the inexperienced health care system. George made the right choice by ending Lennie’s life because the conditions in mental institutions was inadequate in the 1930’s.
In today’s society, when someone mentions a mental institution most people picture a dark, dirty, and horrendous hospital like structure. While this image may at times be accurate, this was not always the case. Mental institutions, otherwise known as asylums, have a past full of ups and downs. During different time periods standards for care in these facilities fluctuated from proper care to improper care. With more of an understanding of these mental abnormalities we have a better chance of finding solutions and resolving them.
When stepping inside a hospital to receive help, one should expect care, treatment, and respect. However, shown in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and “Howl,” American society equates mental illness with inhumanity. In both texts, the characters are forced to live without basic human freedoms and a voice to change it. Society pressures the mentally ill into becoming submissive counterparts of the community by stripping away their physical freedoms, forcing inhumane treatment, and depriving them the freedom of expression. By pressuring confinement and treating the patients inhumanely, society strips away their freedom to express themselves.
After all the anger that George has shown towards Lennie, he utters these words now so Lennie can die with a sense of peace. George does not want to pull the trigger, but he knows that the further consequences of Lennie’s actions will only worsen. To save Lennie from Curley’s wrath, possible imprisonment, and perhaps years of suffering, George takes Lennie’s
’d let you carry your own work card?” He even told people what his name was so that Lennie did not mess anything up. If also took an emotional toll because he killed his best friend so Lennie did not cause anymore trouble like he did when he killed Curley’s wife. “And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied.
George would protect Lennie at all costs even from himself. After Lennie kills a young woman, George decides it is better for Lennie to be dead rather than to be tortured and kept in a cell or a mental asylum. The decision of killing Lennie hit George like a train, but he knew it was something that was in Lennie’s own good. Knowing he could have an easier life without Lennie, George still kept him around because he needed George and George needed Lennie. George tells Slim “Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.”
If Lennie hadn’t had a mental illness, then he would have never needed the aid of George. George’s protection of Lennie kept him from being along. While Lennie’s mental illness impacted many aspects of the novella, it affected George the most, and in both positive and negative
She ends up buying and taking pills that will end her suffering before she’s in too much pain. She wants to go out as a strong person with dignity, not as someone suffering in a hospital bed. The text quotes “Who has the right to tell me that I don't deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain?” Lennie wasn’t able to realize this with his low mental capacity, but George understood it and decided to make the choice for him.
Taking a Stand for the mentally ill Thesis Dorothea Dix took a stand by recognizing the importance of establishing mental institutions. Her philosophy saved mentally unstable people from the harsh treatments they once received in jails Background The conditions that the mentally ill lived under in the mid-19th century were unfitting. Unstable individuals were imprisoned and mistreated. People who suffered from insanity were treated worse than criminals.