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Suppression In The Novella Of Mice And Men

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The idea of suppression on weak people or characters can be seen in many literary works. Suppression is the act of doing away with by or as by authority or to abolish. One literary work this can be seen in is the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. There are many characters seen as weak in the novella. Some of which are weak physically, others mentally, and one because of their gender. These weak characters are Lennie, Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife. Through these characters it is easy to see that it is human nature for the strong to suppress the weak.
One character that is seen as weak in the story is Lennie. He is very mentally limited and the other characters take advantage of ...view middle of the document...

Lennie's hands remained at his sides; he was too frightened to defend himself. George was on his feet yelling, ‘Get him, Lennie. Don't let him do it,’” (Steinbeck 62-63). This shows that it is human nature for the strong to suppress Lennie because he has a low mental capacity. Since Lennie is not very smart he does not like to fight back against people. Curley takes advantage of this by continually punching him. Lennie has to be told to fight back. That is how Lennie is a weak character and how stronger characters suppress him because of his low mental capability. One of the other weak characters in the novella is the black stable buck.
Another character seen as weak in the story is Crooks. Crooks is a weak character because he is an African-American and because his spine is messed up. Since he is not a white man the other characters suppress him by using this against him. For example in the story when Candy tells of how on Christmas they let Crooks into their room and then Smitty beat him up for their entertainment (Steinbeck 20). This is strong suppressing the weak because the white men invite Crooks into their room just to see him get beat up. This can be seen as human nature because when someone is handicapped or black like Crooks they are treated like less of a human. This can be seen by how the other men...

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