The Impaired In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Despite popular belief, entertainment such as novels and television are often not just “fiction.” Fiction, such as novels, often mirror events that have happened in life whether its wars, eras, or time periods. Novels, and to an extent films, are analyzed and discussed in detail. Some novels deal with heavy issues; human rights and controversial topics are more often analyzed and criticized. Of Mice and Men – a novel written during the Great Depression – deals with labor during that time period, and the disabled in the workplace; issues like labor and the disabled have been discussed in several novels and films. Although the book was written in the 1930s, some of these issues are still present today and affects many people. These issues are often still present in…show more content…
The issue is an important problem in the United States – and many other countries in the world. The disabled are often treated with disrespect and differently from others. There are several examples of this in Of Mice and Men. In the novel, George and many others are harsh with Lennie, especially towards his mental disability. On page 62 of the novel, George and Lennie have this exchange: "I wasn't kicked in the head with no horse, was I, George?" "Be a damn good thing if you was," George said viciously. "Save ever'body a hell of a lot of trouble." Lennie is often disregarded and treated poorly, several times in the novel. Discrimination and micro-aggressions are prominent in Of Mice and Men. This behavior in present in people throughout the novel; George, Curly, and others often treat him badly – some of the behavior, however is unintentional. Studies and research have been done to examine the discrimination that the disabled face. Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, researched the discrimination that people with disabilities face, especially in the

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