Of Mice and Men - George Orwell

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“Power is a kind of self-belief, a feeling of self worth”
Write an essay in which you discuss this statement in relation to Of Mice and Men.

The novel “Of Mice and Men”, portrays many characters that have no power within society. Various elements contribute to this sense of powerlessness, such as race, poverty and gender. However, all the characters employ different methods to empower themselves within society and create a sense of self-worth. Having a dream can help you escape from reality, make you feel empowered and also give you a sense of self-worth. Furthermore, companionship can give you security and a sense of self-belief. Steinbeck presents us with a broad understanding of powerlessness particularly in the Great
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Curley’s Wife always seems to be looking for Curley, yet we know, being in isolation and not being able to talk to anyone, she was only looking for companionship. "What 's the matter with me? Ain 't I got a right to talk to nobody?" The quote is notable because it conveys the use of rhetorical questions and clarifies that she knows that she is powerless. The only person Curley’s Wife was allowed to talk to was Curley. Apart from the fact she did not like him in the slightest, she was too scared to leave or run away because she knows she’s better off being fed and having a bed to sleep in than to be living in the bushes by herself. “I think Curley’s married.. a tart.” The evidence

Discrimination of gender is linked to inequality because of racism due to the two characters Crooks, and Curley’s Wife. Both characters convey isolation because of their gender and race. No white man is to speak to Crooks because he is a coloured man, and no man should have contact or be involved with Curley’s Wife because of her gender. The pair both experience loneliness and are both discriminated against. The two characters are also linked because they both share the dream of having a better life. Crook’s dream was to become an equal and to join in with George, Lennie and Candy’s dream of having a small place with alfalfa and rabbits. Curley’s Wife’s dream was to be in the pictures. “Nother time I met a guy, an’ he was
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