Misconceptions In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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As society has become an integral part of the world’s culture, the opinions and misconceptions of others have dominated the way people live. Throughout history, certain groups and ideas have been suppressed by the ones in charge. These actions have sprouted an almost universal indifference to those deemed less than ideal, and therefore created a divide in the way society sees race, age groups and even gender. Coupled with the Great Depression, these beliefs are the driving force for the majority of problems individuals experience in the text. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the device of conflict to portray the external struggles of characters living in the era of the Great Depression. In the third decade of the 20th century, …show more content…

More specifically, the workers resent Crooks because of his color, and as a result, he is segregated from the men and their activities. However, Crooks can not just quit his job or move from place to place, as he, similar to Candy, is not likely to get another job. An example in the novel reads, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.’” It can be argued that Crooks faces the most isolation out of all the characters in Of Mice and Men, as other people’s struggles do not compare to the issues he deals with everyday. While Candy has a hard time on the work front, he is welcomed wholeheartedly by the other men, and converses with and joins them as if he was still a young man. On the other hand, Crooks is completely shut out from the men and would have a very low chance of finding other work, putting him above anyone else in terms of misfortunes. Overall, the oppression of minorities in the 1930s put them at odds with society, and created a social division that continues to linger …show more content…

The astray behavior of this time has influenced every event, idea, and judgement that has followed it, resulting in a modern day issue unlikely to be resolved any time soon. These conflicts against society, which many of the characters suffer from, shape much of the plot of Of Mice and Men, which details a very different reality then the one most people live in today. However, the thought remains, as the decades continue to pass and the centuries change, the prejudices of those before always seem to live

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