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Of Mice and Men

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Introduction

Of Mice and Men Assignment Q. With reference to chapter four, what do you learn about prejudice and injustice in 1930's America? "Of Mice and Men" was set around the 1930's in California, America; where at the time of this classic novel was located. The New York Wall Street stock market had hit an all time low which led to and helped contribute to "The Great Depression". Unemployment had hit and harsh poverty too had meant that migrant workers travelled to California in search of work. As the paragraph continues, we learn that the living conditions and working conditions were very poor. Workers couldn't do their jobs properly and were always worried about being "canned as they say". Living conditions weren't very good either; the ranches were very dirty, compact etc. I believe that Steinbeck wrote this novel because of his past experiences. He was a labourer, he worked very hard, the characters in this book can relate to Steinbeck himself, he wanted to express his views for everyone to see. Also, you can really tell that in Steinbeck's opinion he is in favour of the workers in this novel. He being a labourer sways his views as in favour of the workers; you can tell he really thought "The Great Depression" was an awful experience to be involved in. When you see what his characters are saying, they reveal his feelings and thoughts, give good and bad memories, only inside a book. ...read more.

Middle

They don't like him because of the colour of his skin. "Listen Nigger." This shows the colour of his skin being used against him by Curley's wife. As Lennie enters the room, Crooks does not really want him to come in, "You got no right to come into my room." Soon after, they get into conversation and are soon talking normally after opening up to each other like friends would. When Candy enters, he tells him he might as well come in as 'everyone else' is. Soon, he joins in conversation too. Not until Curley's wife enters though, do we see a change in Crooks. He doesn't have any power over anyone in the ranch and soon goes back into his shell. Women were not treated well either, of course, but Curley's wife could say or do whatever she wanted to a black man, including Crooks. "You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?" This shows Curley's wife overpowering Crooks and unfortunately Crooks cannot do anything about it. With Crooks being educated and able to read, he has set himself real goals. He has learned how to cope with the bullying and racism and knows what to do. By not setting his goals too high, he does not expect anything too good, therefore does not mean he is too sad about what happens to him through his lie. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we learn so much about life in the 1930's in America. We have four different accounts of people being treated unfairly and having injustice upon them. Lennie, Crooks, Curley's wife and Crooks all experience racism in some way. Lennie is abused for being quite clumsy and slow as well as being big, Crooks was racially abused for being old and black, Curley's wife is not liked because she is a woman and Candy is abused for being an old man. As you can see, there is not ethnic minority groups that escaped being abused; 1930's America was a racist and prejudice place to be. The writer Steinbeck is really sending a strong message out to the readers here. He tries to tell us all about how life could be if you were in a minority group. He repeats certain phrases and words to show enthusiasm of how bad it really was. All of his characters have strong points of view towards one another and really act as if they were real people. Basically, John Steinbeck shows that racism and injustice were strong in the 1930's and whoever you were, you could not really avoid it. Steinbeck gets this message across very well to the readers, by showing the characters different attitudes towards each other; most of the time there were not very pleasant. Whether you were black or white, male, female, disabled or anything else, you had a very good chance of either giving or being racially abused in America in the 1930's. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Carney GCSE Coursework ...read more.

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