The 20th century was a of time of hardship during which humanity confronted some of its most significant challenges and choices. Conflicts between world powers emerged and choices were made that affected humanity tremendously. However, during the time, many achievements in science and literature were made, instilling hope as well as faith in people. John Steinbeck was one of the influential authors whose writing inspired and taught people about flaws and virtues of humanity and its past. In his writing, he conveyed ideas that he felt would stimulate change that would help make the world a better place. Of Mice and Men was one of his novels that described some of the worst in humanity, including the powerlessness of the oppressed, and societal
Homelessness is a growing epidemic across the country. This terrible misfortune has led to many unsuspecting people leading impoverished lifestyles, and facing the horrific and heart-wrenching tragedy of abandonment. The purpose of this essay is to not only persuade the readers to get involved in ending homelessness on local and national efforts, but to embrace new and creative ways of helping to end this rapidly growing problem, by taking action to end this catastrophic situation. Also, I will demonstrate the causes and effects of the homeless resorting to violence, by using comparison and contrast to examine the views and standpoints on helping the forgotten, so that we might end this calamity once and for all. In an increasingly
Do you really think people in our society today accepts everyone even after they have met them? The book "Of Mice and Men" shows society does not accept anyone they are unfamiliar with. Most people do not accept different, but there are others here in our society that actually accept these unfamiliar people. Some people are here to help you through life and some are not.
Marguerite Gardiner once stated “Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart” (Gardiner). This quotation suggests that prejudice is the symbol of ignorance, for men to either recognize or ignore the judgements they hold against others. Prejudice creates barriers for people with different backgrounds, which makes it harder for people to communicate with each other. In these two articles, one titled “Of Mice and Men, Masterplots, Fourth Edition,” by Angela D. Hickey and the other titled “Of Mice and Men, Masterplots II: Juvenile & Young Adult Literature Series, Supplement,” by Lynn C. Munro, the authors explain the way John Steinbeck wrote about prejudice. These authors also demonstrate various kinds of prejudice can make it difficult for many to achieve the American Dream. In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, author John Steinbeck reflects on the prejudice that even still plagues modern times. The novel is set in the rural Salinas valleys of California. The issues in the novel illustrates the routine and frustrations in the lifestyle of a nomadic migrant worker. Steinbeck uses the main characters’ personalities to show how people were affected during the Great Depression. He also incorporates the idea of the American Dream, and how every character has their own vision of it.
Today's world is filled with both great tragedy and abundant joy. In a densely populated metropolis like New York City, on a quick walk down a street you encounter homeless people walking among the most prosperous. Unfortunately, nine times out of ten the prosperous person will trudge straight past the one in need without a second thought. A serious problem arises when this happens continually. The problem worsens when you enter a different neighborhood and the well-to-do are far from sight. Many neighborhoods are inhabited only by the most hopeless of poverty - ridden people while others downtown or across the park do not care, or are glad to be separated from them. Such is the problem in New York City today and in Mott Haven in Jonathan
Cultural and economical pressures often lead people to behave corruptly. In John Steinbeck?s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, set in the dustbowl era, people act out of greed rather than out of consideration or kindness. Tom Joad and his family have been run off their land by inconsiderate, money hungry businessmen who do not care about the impact homelessness will have on the evictees. The story revolves around the Joad Family?s trip (joined by former preacher Casey) from Oklahoma to California, along route 66, where they expect to find work. Though Casey and the Joads are goodhearted and honest people, they are the victims of dishonesty and dupery when they realize that the jobs they have come so far to acquire pay
In life human nature can be known to be thought of as a high quality and/or low quality. Naturally, human nature is there without thought about what it actually is. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author sprinkles clues and evidence of how human nature was and still is today. The themes that Steinbeck used throughout the novel were, for example friendship, loneliness, and weak vs. strong.
The world is a harsh place. This is shown in many places such as in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice And Men which made the reader notice how prejudices and opinion are in a direct relationship. This relationship results in harsh opinions and most aggravated actions. Steinbeck uses diction, textual structure, and Simple Story Pieces such as Character Introduction as well as Setting and Character Details to deliver this message. The novel starts off with the introduction of Lennie and George as they enter on a green pond and start conversing on topics such as rabbits and lighter topics; This makes the characters seem more approachable and friendly, which is true for Curley’s introduction as a thin young man with a brown face, which is just as passive and light-hearted as the conversation between George and Lennie. The only factor that changes the opinion of the reader is the prejudice of the characters in the conversation after. Prejudices, Despite seeming harmless, obstruct our views of others.
Homelessness is a serious societal problem affecting our communities. Katel of Housing the Homeless says “about 1.5 million Americans use a shelter in a given year- and advocates for the homeless say that figure badly understates the problem.” Yet, society looks down at these people, not doing anything to help them. They are judged, criticized, and bombarded by false assumptions everywhere they go. I have heard people say “they are like that because they chose to” or “they are lazy and don't want to work.” This is not true in most cases. The reality is life can go wrong at any moment for anyone. For some people there is no one there to help them and their only option is living on the streets or a shelter.
The motion picture Taylor’s Campaign, demonstrated how the homeless were constantly moving from place to place because they are kicked out of their location. They end up getting tickets for invading side walks or possessing shopping carts. They are unable to afford to pay for those tickets that they end up going to jail. Some are fine with that because at least they are no longer sleeping on the streets. There are more homeless than homeless shelters can home. Those that have no home can be put on a wait list, but in the meanwhile they have to continue to live in the streets. They cannot get a job because they have no address to put on their job application. Since they have no job they have to have some sort of income to survive, but what they do is not enough to keep them off the streets. Since, they look like homeless, they are treated with disrespect. People do not pay attention to them because others do not benefit. They have to make some sort of income to survive, but what they do is not enough to keep them off the streets or to eat. They cannot receive food because the government no longer funds outdoor distributions of meals. They blame it on how it can spread diseases when it is not an extreme issue like starvation. The homeless are treated with disrespect because of what they represent. They are associated with crime, in which crime rate is low. They see themselves as a family and feel they can only rely on each other because they only understand what is going. They seem to have no one else because their marriages have failed, mental health problems, or have abused alcohol or drugs. It makes it difficult to reintegrate society when their personal issues make it an obstacle every time. They are a community that sticks together because of the support they provide for one
Decades and decades have passed without the resolve to end such an epidemic . . . Homelessness doesn’t end. Year after year, shelters provide refuge, churches and temples provide meals, downtown missions offer care, social service agencies
Prejudice sets certain people apart from the world or how normal things are. Lennie is related to this because he is seen as different and childish with his disabilities, which make him stand out. George is cruel to Lennie and seems to always be on him for something even if he has done nothing. In the way George does this is because he knows that Lennie will not care and he is not going to lose him. People also talk to him different and can be mean to him easily because he does not understand. Crooks takes advantage of Lennie and his disabilities by saying, “ Sometimes he talks, and you don’t know what the hell he’s talkin’ about”(70), which is talking about George and Lennie’s relationship. This shows he can not understand exactly what people say to him and is not as knowledgeable as other people. Lennie unlike other people who are set different, does not take out his differences and how people think about him on anyone.
People in both stories would walk by someone suffering, rather than stop and help the needy better themselves. The stories reveal how people believe ignoring the issue will get rid of it quicker than trying to help fix it. Today these issues still stand and maybe worse than before. The number of homeless people keeps growing, while the concern to help does not increase. This leaves the poor on their own to battle death until it finally wins, while the rest of us sit in our homes,
unlike a simple misconception, is actively resistant to all evidence that would unseal it”. This gives insight as the true meaning of being prejudiced. Prejudice is more than an opinion: it is an opinion without any prior knowledge or evidence. The novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck relies on the concept of prejudice. If there was not any prejudice, this novel would completely lose its emotional sense. The novel would lose its ability to make the reader feel sympathy for the characters. The main two characters affected by prejudice are Lennie and Crooks. Lennie is affected because he is mentally challenged. People don’t understand this at first, so his coworkers make false opinions. For Crooks, his prejudice comes from being colored. Of Mice and