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Of Mice and Men Chapter 4 - "They Left all the weak ones here"

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Chapter 4 English Essay "They left all the weak ones here" Due to George thinking that Lennie may embarrass him, Lennie is in Crooks' room. "Slim an' George an' ever'body [went into town]. George says I gotta stay here an' not get in no trouble. I seen your light." This implies that George was telling Lennie to stay at the ranch. Presumably, George had Lennie to do this as he wanted some time away from George. As Lennie did not ask for a proper reason, and obeyed George, he simply stayed at the ranch. This shows that Lennie lacks the mental strength to question George, and the will to defy George and socialise with fellow ranch workers. In 1930s America, laws were set by the government which discriminated against coloured people, and there were laws which would now be considered racist and against the US Constitution. ...read more.


It also shows that Lennie is angry and upset about the prejudice agenda that the USA had at that time. At that time in America, white people generally were de facto superior to black people. "Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny". When Curley's wife, who is white, says this, it shows that she was using her position as a white woman to stop Crooks from talking back to her, and slowly but surely make him feel diminished. When she says that she can have him strung up on a tree, it refers to lynching him and hanging him from a tree, which was rather common in the Southern United States in the 1930s. The use of the word "nigger", which is a taboo word nowadays, shows that Curley's wife has the superiority to use that word in a derogatory manner. ...read more.


Although it was becoming less frequent it still occurred, especially in the Southern United States, where California (the place in which the book is situated) is in. Crooks had been shaken by Curley's wife statement, which he regarded of as true. "Candy said, "That bitch didn't ought to of said that to you." "It wasn't nothing," Crooks said dully. "You guys comin' in an' settin' made me forget. What she says is true." Although only a threat (albeit a very harsh one) Crooks knows that it is ultimately true. The way that Crooks said it can also be noted. He said it dully, which can be noted that he was upset by the statement, even if he has probably heard it before. Curley seems to strive to be treated normally, but eventually realises that in the end, because he is black, and because he is a cripple, he will probably never be treated well by anyone, and will have to have it tough until he dies, or, which is sadly a concept, is killed. ...read more.

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