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The Mentally Ill In An Inconsiderate Society

2192 words - 9 pages

People with mental illnesses are often vulnerable in today’s corrupt society; most of them cannot reason and support themselves when left alone. Some are ridiculed and bullied by their mental inability to reason and not act as everybody else. Usually in today’s society, it takes another person or a group of people who will educate and support this person to be successful in life. Today, individuals around the world try to make these people be accepted and feel the same level of awareness as a normal person has. On the other hand, in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, mentally ill people are treated differently. Since the setting of the book takes place during the great depression, most mental ill individuals at the time were either sent to horrible asylums or slain mostly because in that society, people just had misjudged those mental ill individuals and did not consider them as real human beings. George and Lennie, the main characters share abounds with each other. Lennie, who is the ill minded individual, depends on Gorge in order to survive and overcome the misunderstood society. However, Gorge is the stronger person who cares for Lennie. George tried everything he could to care for Lennie but by keeping his mental illness a secret; it makes Lennie vulnerable for attack. From the struggles of mentally ill vs the inconsiderate society; through the character of Lennie, John Steinbeck suggests that although people with mental illnesses who strive to be normal individuals, and often try to fit in a society that does not support their needs they ultimately fail.
Although, individuals with mental illnesses are dependent to stronger individuals and need to follow specific instructions from those they trust to be successful; often times this plan falls in misery of being unable to care for himself. Lennie tries to follow whatever George tells him to do, but usually forgets and becomes distressed. However, these types of individuals have a will to follow the stronger individual’s directions to stay away from the trouble to come. George and Lennie were in the fields, filled with pastures, hills, mountains, a river and rabbits hopping all way round. Lennie was drinking from the river until Gorge tells him to stop. George and Lennie were talking about where they were going next. Along the conversation, George says, “Now you listen and this time you got to remember so we don’t get into trouble” (Steinbeck 5). Here George explains to Lennie not to forget what he tells him so trouble does not follow. When Lennie forgets, the stronger person’s instructions, he cannot think straight and starts to unintentionally do things excessively, which illustrates that Lennie is considerate to George and cannot make decisions on his own. Leading the weaker person to strive for better memory skills to keep himself out of trouble. Lennie trusts whatever George tells him to do. In the past, George and Lennie were fired from their jobs because Lennie got into trouble....

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