Comparing The Divided In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men Being mentally challenged, people seem to have a different aspect or thoughts in life, something that may change that would be being treated poorly. In Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, the acts portray the treatment of the disabled. In the book, Of Mice and Men, Lennie is treated like a normal human being. There is nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that he is given the same consequences as others and doesn’t know better. Lennie kills Curley’s wife in, Of Mice and Men. The men think Lennie should be killed because of his disrespectful behavior. He is ill, and can’t control what he does or thinks, but they still think he should be killed. In the early 20th century, the disabled were seen as a threat to the society. A movement was put together and they argued that all people who were mentally ill, mentally retarded or physically disabled were polluting the gene pool of the country. This…show more content…
“In recent studies, at least 16% of inmates in jails or prisons have a mental illness. Studies show that outpatient treatment drastically reduces hospitalization, homelessness and arrest.” The attitudes toward the disabled have rather changed. People have changed their way of thinking and acting towards the disabled. At around the 1960’s and 1970’s, legislative changes occurred with a great influence and attitude. Many kids today, think of autistic kids and handicapped kids rather amusing, they are funny and cute. Not that that should change anything, but when something is cute and funny, people have a habit of not saying no, and being mean. Now a days, “people with disabilities, want to be known for their abilities, not their disabilities.” It’s sad to see many people struggling with disabilities, and not be able to help

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