Of Mice And Men Discrimination Essay

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Has anyone ever been discriminated against? Back from the beginning of time to present day, there has been discrimination. People are discriminated against every day; it doesn’t matter where they are, who they are, or what they’re doing. Discrimination was common for certain people in the era of the great depression. Not only in the 1930’s did people receive hate in the real world, but also in John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. His novel was set on a farm in Salinas Valley, California during the 1930’s. There are three types of people that were commonly discriminated against: women, African Americans, and migrant workers.
Primarily, women were discriminated against because men were thought to be more superior then women. Women were considered the “weaker” sex; they were supposed to stay home and do the house work. In the novel, Steinbeck portrays that women have little importance. Curley’s wife is not named throughout the book. Not only is she not named, but she is also the only women in the novel. Therefore, she is called “Curly’s Wife” as if she is some kind of possession. In the novel, she states "What kinda harm am I doin' to you? Seems like they ain't none of them cares how I gotta …show more content…

He was an older man that lived in the bunk house, who lost his hand in a work accident. He was considered a swamper, the man who cleans the bunkhouse. In Of Mice and Men, the narrarator implied that "The old man came slowly into the room. He has his broom in his hand."(Steinbeck 24). Candy was seen as old and disabled and not capable of performing certain jobs. Because of this, he was more likely to lose his job. Wealthier people don’t have to worry about money as often, so they experience life a little bit easier. Today, most men have the opportunity to have pretty settle jobs. There are government programs to help support disabled people and also older people, so they don’t have to keep enduring the hard labor that they once had to

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