Disabilities In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Steinbeck’s characters show that it is impossible for imperfect individuals to overcome each and every disability facing them, dooming them to problematic and unhappy lives.
Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men shows that it is impossible for any individual to overcome every bound and challenge in their path, dooming them to a problematic and unhappy life.
Not every disability is the result of physical injury, like a broken bone or blindness. Sexism, racism, and discrimination dominated the time period, which affected many of the characters in Of Mice and Men, all of which represent the society of the Great Depression. The novel’s women illustrate the massive disadvantages they faced at the time - most of the book’s women are prostitutes, and …show more content…

Not every disability is the result of physical injury, like a broken bone or blindness. Minorities faced significant limitations during this period, personified mainly by Crooks, the stable buck. He is seen as inferior and acknowledges that he isn’t respected “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black” (Steinbeck 68). Sadly, he’s right. Besides a select few others, which include two other disabled people, he is routinely talked down to by his peers. His job is given to him because of its low status among other careers, and if Crooks went anywhere else, other employers would probably either turn him away or provide him another similar job. In the end, Steinbeck’s message is that in general, even though the majority of people don’t have physical problems, many are still bound by stereotypes, racism and other forms of discrimination due to social norms. That being said, Steinbeck took quite a risk at the time by writing against these norms in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck tells the reader that even those who are entirely innocent or can’t control something like their gender and race or do not deserve the bounds are given to them, only because of the sheer coincidence of their

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