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Many of Steinbecks characters are crippled mentally or physically. How far do you agree with this and how far are they made victims of society of the time?

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Many of Steinbecks characters are crippled mentally or physically. How far do you agree with this and how far are they made victims of society of the time? Lennie is probably the most obvious character of the book that is mentally crippled. He has brooder slopping shoulders and walks along heavily dragging his feet. Underneath Lennie is a child, he may look like and man but isn't. Like a child Lennie has a fascination of small cuddle, cute things, especially rabbits. 'I like to pet things with my fingers, sof' things'. Lennie is also clumsy like a child and on the ranch others see him as a slow worker. George is like a father to Lennie and he looks up to him, and also fully dependant on him. He wont do anything till George says he can, he automatically turns to George in when in any danger, like a child dependant on his mother. ...read more.

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Considering how hard it was for black men in those days, they were not given any respect at all and were bullied. The people at the ranch were racist towards him. ' But I can't play cards cause I'm black and they say I stink.' He is also lonely like Candy and is rejected from the people at the ranch, he has his own cabin and spends most of his time in there on his own. Crooks seems to be a bit sensitive underneath his brave face and takes it all to heart. He trusts no one but himself, because he isn't respected. Though at some times he has a slightly vicious streak, 'You got no right to come in my room, nobody got any right in here but me.' A lot of the people on the ranch take advantage of him because they know they can get away with it. ...read more.

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She is a flirt of the ranch, what with being the only woman and the men on the ranch refer to her as a tart. No one really wants to talk to her as they are worried what curly might do if he found out, and this makes her lonely and isolated. ' Well I think Curley's married a tart.' Curly's wife wanted to make something of her life, so she is very disappointed that she hasn't, this can make her feel very viscous. Though still she has the power, like her husband to make people feel small and unimportant, that's why people chose to exclude her on the ranch. She is young and niave and would believe anything she was told. 'He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.' I think that Steinbeck wrote his characters to be either mentally or physically crippled. He wrote this book to expose all of the racial and sexist prejudice. He succeeded in this by using the right characters and their every day life. ...read more.

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