Prejudice In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” These words of Maya Angelou echo the silent but thriving embers through which the work “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck can exemplify; Lennie’s mental capabilities are challenged and well assumed. Crooks can hardly define himself even around the company of one. Yet, it is Curley’s wife whom truly possesses prejudice, as if she were draped in it. These all embody minority experiences, but in fact, these events Mr. Steinbeck illustrates aid the reader in harnessing the true intention of embedding the theme of prejudice. That is to say that Mr. Steinbeck’s intention was not solely focused on prejudice. In analyzing Lennie’s personal tier…show more content…
Steinbeck also exuberates a great abyss of prejudice through Crooks as well. Clearly outlining how Candy explains to George that since Crooks is a “nigga…the boss treats him poorly...,” while stating that the “…men…treat Crooks badly…on the account he’s…got a crooked back…” as well. Portraying beyond Crooks’ character that prejudice can even be found in low populated areas, like the “farm ranch” they are on. However, this imagery of Crooks being “treated poorly” is created in the author’s hopes of enticing a reaction from the readers’ emotions. This causes the readers to become emotionally attached to the book, as well as aware of the present threat prejudice entails; the abrupt characterization of people through the means of almost no, relevant or sufficient information at all to concoct such notions of said people; leaving Crooks defined by what the people around his state and not what he believes or can prove; even knowing that he can outsmart the others because of his vast knowledge of intelligence learned from his array of “books” in his possession; that the other men won’t let him prove because they view Crooks almost as a serf, there to serve them. Hence, Mr. Steinbeck fuses this imagery of prejudice to evoke passionate readers who will become more informed and enthused in advocated against
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