Challenging Core Values in Ms Readings

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When humans feel insecure or as though they have lost power, they tend to demote those around them to make themselves feel superior once again. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men this is portrayed through many characters such as Crooks, Curley’s wife, and Curley. To begin, the other farm hands along with George have gone off to the ‘whore-house’ on Saturday night, and Lennie, Crooks, Candy and Curley’s wife are left at the barn. Curley’s wife feeling lonely and empty, goes off in search for someone to talk off to. She opens up to Lennie, Crooks and Candy about her past, and the things she regrets; such as marrying Curley instead of following her dreams and passion of going off to be in in shows. After her outburst she is left feeling vulnerable and insecure, and she feels as though the men may mock her. To regain her power in this situation she insults, “-Sat’day night. Ever’body out doin’ som’pin. Ever’body! An’ what am I doin’? Standin’ here talking to a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’sheep-an’ likin’ it because there ain’t nobody else” (Steinbeck 78). Curley’s wife even being a woman realizes that she has power over these men somehow and use’s it to cover up her uneasiness in the situation. Another example of a character in this novella deflating another to hide their own weaknesses is Crooks. When he is the barn with Lennie and Candy, and Lennie is bragging about how he has George to support him. How they are going to “live on the fatta the land” together someday. This points out Crooks’ down-sides; he is a disabled black man who is treated unequally, and has to live in solitary conditions, he has no one to talk to and no one to care for him. Felling this sudden degradation, he brutally replies, “you guys is just kiddin’ yourself. You’ll talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won’t get no land. You’ll be a swamper here till they take you out in a box. Hell, I seen too many guys. Lennie here’ll quit and’ be on the road in two,...
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