Lennie In Of Mice And Men

1772 words - 7 pages

Lennie is a victim of this society and time because he is simpleminded

Of mice and men

Lennie is a victim of this society and time because he is simpleminded
and there were no special centres to send him to at this time in
America. Candy is a victim of his society and time because he was old
and in the 1930’s America there was no pension schemes like there are
now also Candy has a disability, he has one hand. Crooks is a victim
of society and time for the reason that he is black, racism was high
at this time in America this meant that if he spoke to one of the
white men in a ill manner he would of got killed. Curley’s wife is
victim of society and time because women had no right in 1930’s
America so therefore this meant that she couldn’t do anything that she
wanted to do. Many of the characters try to conquer these
disadvantages by dreaming for example Lennie and George try to save up
money to buy a “place of there own” but their plan do not work out,
not many of the characters in the novel achieve their dreams and that
is why the novel ends so tragically.

Following the collapse of the Wall Street stock market in the 1930’s,
America entered a prolonged period of economic depression that caused
harsh poverty and long-term unemployment. Hoards of migrant workers
travelled from ranch to ranch also they were on short-term contracts
and poorly paid salaries. This time in America this was the only type
of work available. The American dream of having “place of there own”
and also to settle down in “the promise land” was a dream that
California represented. Lennie and George were examples of everyone
wanted to American dream.

The lives of the ranch workers is described in the novel as being
harsh and lonely. It is harsh because of the wages that there were
given, which was only 50 bucks at the end of month also the condition
they lived in were abysmal. It is lonely because they had no family to
go home to at Christmas because of that, what the ranch workers did
was spend their 50 bucks on whisky and in cathouses.

The characters of Whit and Carlson are typical examples of “guy’s who
live on ranches” because all they did was spend there money at the end
of the month on whisky and in cathouses and also they were on short
term work and they lived in tough conditions.

Lennie is mentally retarded and is dependant on George because he is
simpleminded. Lennie needs George for support and basic survival
“Lennie, for god shakes don’t drink that so much u gonna be sick like
you was last night” that is a part of him being supportive telling him
not to drink the water because the water was contaminated. Lennie is a
“nice fella” however when he gets in trouble he doesn’t mean it we
know this because in the novel he constantly says “sorry George” and “
I didn’t mean no harm” and slim also states that “he is a nice fella”.
Lennie is mentally disabled and he can’t control his strength, we are
shown how powerful...

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