Literary Analysis Of John Manbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As a writer, John Steinbeck’s weapon is the written word and in his famous novel Of Mice and Men, he ventures to change the ideas and opinions of his readers. Of Mice and Men is set in 1930’s America during the Great Depression. Even though there are some instances in the novel where Steinbeck seems to mirror the attitudes of the past, there also are several instances where the author he displays the need for societal change. He uses characters in the novel, such as Lennie, to demonstrate the mistreatment of the mentally disabled. He also shows the desperate plight of the economically disadvantaged during the Great Depression. Although John Steinbeck chose to ignore certain social issues, he demonstrated that he clearly favored change in several areas through the development of his characters in the novel Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s novel clearly pushes for change in the 1930’s. One prime example of this is how Lennie is portrayed in the book. Steinbeck attempts to make the reader sympathize for Lennie. In the 1930’s, the treatment of the mentally disabled was wretched. There was severe discrimination against the mentally disabled, and they were often treated as second-class citizens. Those who were…show more content…
He advocated for the modification of the treatment of the disabled and the policies of the economy in America during the 1930´s through his elaborate characterization and the plight of the working poor. Yet, he followed his own social agenda, promoting the poor treatment of blacks and oppression of women. While Steinbeck is able to use his novel as a means to educate his readers, he chooses what change he will promote and that is his
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