Social Injustice In The Novel Of Mice And Men

819 words - 3 pages

I'm going to talk about the social injustice which had taken place on
most of the characters in the novel Of Mice and Men.

In the plot of "Of Mice and Men", all of the ranch workers got very
little amount of money although they worked for long hours. They had
only one free day and stayed in one room which was not large enough.
Generally, they were all in a lower status than their boss, they
didn't have a family or anyone to depend on. In addition to these,
they had also suffered from the attitudes of Curley (who was the son
of the boss) towards them, and they couldn't do anything about it.
Steinbeck used a very simple language with a detailed description to
express the social injustice in their lives, so that everyone could
understand that one of the main theme of the novel was social
injustice.

In my point of view, in this novel, social injustice can be seen best
on four specific characters: Lennie, who had the six year old boy's
mind, Crooks-a black man, Candy-an old man and Curley's wife who had
no freedom.

Firstly, I am going to talk about Lennie who was known as a man with
lack of intelligence and self control. Curley used this weakness of
Lennie's to make him angry every time. Curley blamed everyone's fault
on Lennie and tried to punish him. For example, when everyone was
making fun of him, he focused his anger on Lennie and tried to argue
with him. This incident happened when Candy said "Glove fulla vaseline"
and when Curley saw Lennie, he "stepped over to Lennie like a terrier"
and said "What the hell you laughin' at?" before he attacked him (Page
62). This incident affected me in a way that now I am convinced that
people who hold the power always dominate the weaker ones. Steinbeck
used an informal language and short phrases to emphasize the role of
social injustice.

Secondly, Crooks is a black man (called as a nigger) who had been
living in a separate room away from the others because of his skin
colour. Nearly all the characters thought that he was worthless. He
has expressed his ideas and feelings about this incident by saying "Cause
I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play. Because I'm
black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me"
(at Page 68). They had treated him as if he was an animal and didn't
respect him at all. They had never listened to his ideas and always
made fun of him. John Steinbeck tried to show his readers that using
racism among people (like Crooks), human beings could be
discriminated. He also used...

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