Discrimination In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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Discrimination in Of Mice and Men The novella, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck , is set in California in the 1930s. The story revolves around and Lennie and George, two workers who travel together. They find their way to Salinas Valley, where they hope to begin work. They hope to make it big, get rich, and buy some land for themselves. However, they encounter some challenges that could possibly be a roadblock to their dreams. One of these challenges is discrimination because not everybody in the novella is treated equally. Discrimination is displayed in many ways in the book, especially with the characters of Lennie, Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Candy. Lenny is discriminated against because he is mentally disabled, Crooks is black, Curley's wife is a woman, and Candy is old.
In the novela, Lennie receives much discrimination because of his mental illness. On page six, George tells Lennie to not talk when they talk to the boss. “if he sees your work before he hears ya talk, we're set.” (Steinbeck 6). George believes that if the boss hears Lennie talk then he's going to think that he is a crazy man and will not let him and George work there. He thinks it would be better for Lennie to not talk altogether and let George do the talking. As well as Lennie, Crooks receives much discrimination because of his skin color. Crooks is not allowed to be in the bunkhouse because he's black and everybody else is white. Crooks has to sleep in
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