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"Of Mice And Men" By John Steinbeck.

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What do you learn in "Of Mice and Men" about American Society?"Of Mice and Men" is set in the Salinas Valley where the author, John Steinbeck, was brought up. The story is about an archetype of lower class people who all have difficult lives due to their position in society, people superior to the working class are never even mentioned. The two main characters, George and Lennie, are typical working class Caucasians who travel around America work on ranches. The only difference with George and Lennie is that they travel around together, as indicated in the book, this is very uncommon. Most men with lives similar to George and Lonnie's have no family and are very much alone with no one looking out for them. Throughout the book, workmates show their jealousy of the strong friendship between George and Lennie. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world," as said by George, illustrates how alone these type of men were. In the beginning of the book, the bus driver wouldn't even help George and Lennie by taking them to the ranch, "too god damn lazy to pull up". This implies early on in the book, that people only looked out for themselves and didn't often stop to help others.Through the book many character are met with physical aspects that cause them to be discriminated against by the majority of the society, such as physical disabilities, race or gender. Such characters are Candy, Crooks or Curley's wife. Candy is a very old man who has lost one of his hands. As he is so much older then the rest of the workers at the ranch, he is left out slightly and is not as useful to the ranch as he once was. Although he is much older he is not particularly discriminated against as the workers do have a sense of respect for the older man as he is more experienced and knows all there is to know about the ranch. When George and Lennie arrive he tells them what and who, they need to know. He is similar to his pet dog, old, slightly unwanted and not as useful as they would once have been Candy is extremely hurt when Carlson shoots his dog, although he had agreed that it was time the dog got out of the way. He was reluctant to let Carlson kill his pet but, being old as well as disabled, he decides to cooperate with the wishes of his workmates.Crooks is African-American with a crooked back. Because of his race and disability, he lives separate to the rest of the "community" in the ranch, isolated in a different cabin. He keeps to himself and the other men don't recognize him as a fellow worker or friend as they do to each other. Most of the men had never even set foot into his room before. When one of the men enters Crook's room, the gap between the black and white...

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