"Of Mice And Men" Prejudice And Alienation

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Marisa BoilyMr. MacphersonEnglish IIOctober 2, 2013Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- Prejudice and AlienationPrejudice of many groups of people was prevalent in America during the Great Depression era. In the 1930s when the book took place, there was an extreme amount of racism and sexism, little to no knowledge of mental disability, and assumedly a great deal of ageism. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses prejudice to illustrate the theme of alienation through ageism, racism, sexism, and ableism.Candy was an old man who lived on the farm who lost his hand in an accident while working. The ranch hands constantly tortured Candy by telling him that his dog was too old for his own good, and that he would be better off dead. Candy takes this personally, assuming that they were insinuating that he was also worthless to the ranch, and too old for his own good. The old man realizes that this is the only job he'll ever have, considering he only has only had one hand and is too old to do hard labor and said, "'When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me… I won't have no place to go, an' I can't get no more jobs'" (60). The other men understand this and exclude Candy for his differences. Slim, another ranch hand, talking about Candy's dog said, "'I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old and a cripple'" (45). Candy's dog is an obvious parallel to Candy and his physical conditions that prevent him from working. To show racism, Steinbeck uses the character Crooks, a black stable buck who lives on the ranch. Although sometimes in the book it seems that Crooks isolates himself, it is clear towards the end of the book that the other men avoid associating with him because of the color of his skin. Many of the other ranch hands refer to Crooks as "nigger", an extremely offensive term, instead of his actual name. Crooks avoids getting into trouble by staying in his room (which is in the barn with the animals) and staying out of the way of the rest of the men. At one point, Crooks aggravates Curley's wife, and as a response she threatened, "'Well you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so fast it ain't even funny'" (87). When Crooks is talking to Lennie and Candy, he confides in them about his loneliness, admitting, "A guy sets alone here at night, maybe readin' books or thinkin' or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin', an' he got nothin' to tell him what's so an' what ain't so" (73).Sexism is another major part of the novel, and it is shown through the character of Curley's wife. Curley's wife, is who she sounds like she is, because she's married to Curley, the son of the head of the ranch. She is never given a name, which was probably to show the reader that the only relevance she had was that she was Curley's possession in a way, because she was his wife and was not allowed to talk to anyone but him. Curley's wife constantly cries for attention because she, like many of the other...

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