John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay

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After the Great Depression, many things changed, different\\ genders and races were all treated differently. Blacks and white women were forced to be outcast in the world, women belonged in the house and blacks did not belong anywhere. In the book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck portrays perfectly of how blacks and women were separated from everyone else with Curley’s wife and Crooks, the black stable hand. Curley’s wife and Crooks are alike in many ways; in their loneliness, the way they are separated from everyone else and how they get out casted from everything, discriminated against during the time period; which helps show how blacks and women were treated during this time period of life. Loneliness is something experienced by both …show more content…

“I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella,” (86) Curley’s wife did not actually like him; she married him to prove her mother wrong. She thought he was too focused on how well he could fight. However, Crooks grew up always being discriminated from against the world because of his color, but even that after a while got to be lonely. Although he did not put his self out for everyone’s attention, he just stayed alone and read his books. During this time period, blacks were highly segregated from whites and women were believed to belong inside the house. This was portrayed in the book by the boss beating Crooks whenever something went wrong with the farm, and how Crooks was forbidden to do anything because of his color. That was the only job available to him at the time also, so if he left he would be unable to support himself. Curley’s wife somehow always found a way to find the guys and ask where her husband was, when she actually did not care. She believed she was stuck on the farm because of him and would not forgive him. “Why’n’t you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs?”(61) Carlson tells Curley after one of her famous disappearances. Curley’s wife often trails the guys around trying to see which guy she can get to pay her any attention. Lennie was an easy target for her, and when she finally got what she wanted she ended up regretting it. Throughout all their differences and similarities, they show

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