The Use Of Disabilities In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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This historical time period inspires writers such as John Steinbeck to write and inform others about the hardships of the 1930’s. Steinbeck centers Of Mice and Men to exhibit how life’s difficulties inhibited the American Dream. The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and many acts of inequality made an impact on the American Dream in this time period. John Steinbeck tells about the American Dream using rhetorical devices such as parallel structures, paradox and pathos.
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the use of parallelism is seen to show how disabilities can destroy the American Dream. People with disabilities in society, such as Candy’s dog and Lennie, have a harder time fulfilling their dreams or getting employed. Disabilities were treated differently and were not treated equally in society. If people were found to have a physical or mental disability, they would be put in special hospitals. Lennie and Candy’s dog represent this hardship for they represent a useless tool in society. Lennie’s dog was not needed anymore just because he “[...] stinks
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A lot of people fail trying to achieve their happiness. Readers feel emotional during Lennie’s death. When using pathos, readers can feel sad about his death, knowing that the American Dream can not be achieved for him. Pathos can bring out emotions in readers. They also felt a sense of sorrow after Lennie’s death although we at the same time feel relieved that he was killed by a true companion versus an enemy. George made the decision of putting a “[...] muzzle [...] close to the back of Lennie’s head” (Steinbeck 106). Lennie and George tried to achieve happiness, but met some obstacles on the way, changing their ability to reach their dreams. Other characters and the harsh time period affected their mindset and their dreams. Therefore, their goals can’t be met. The death of Lennie or unfair treatment can resemble the shattering hopes for the American
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