The Use Of Judgments In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Every day, millions of people judge others based on the stereotypes that apply to them, and some do not even know it. Most times these misjudgments are harmless, however, they can definitely be destructive. False judgments based on the stereotypes one follows can make a total stranger seem like a menace to society. This issue is so popular, that it used every day to falsely misjudge others in harmful ways. The most important lesson gained from reading Night, Of Mice and Men, and watching Angel of Bergen-Belsen is that one cannot use stereotypes to judge others because the person could be the total opposite of the judgments and misjudging they can inflict harm to that person if used in the wrong way. In his book Night, Elie Wiesel and many other Jews are all judged wrongfully because of their religious background. He mentions that Jews…show more content…
When Curley’s wife is talking to Lennie, she initially judges him and claims, “I think you’re nuts” based off of the way he sounds and the things he talks about (Steinbeck 98). Curley’s wife misjudges Lennie because he talks and sounds different than her, so her initial judgment is that he is nuts. She uses a stereotypical reference to implicate the idea that he is a crazy person. However, after talking to him for a while now she realizes that he is “kinda a nice fella” and came to accept him (Steinbeck 99). Once she really got to talk to Lennie and really understand who he is, she could make the right judgment about him. Nevertheless, she comes to find out that he is actually the opposite of what she originally thought. John Steinbeck wants to show that one cannot falsely judge others based off of the stereotype that people who talk funny are nuts. Lennie is a very kind-hearted person and cares for others. He might not seem like the smartest person, but misjudging him just because of that is wrong because he is actually a good human
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