Of Mice and Men

Topics: John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Great Depression Pages: 3 (1026 words) Published: December 19, 2012
In my opinion the weakest in society are always preyed upon in general but also in this case, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, in Of Mice and Men, characters weaknesses are preyed upon, there are many characters who’s weaknesses are preyed upon such as; Crooks, who is a ‘negro stable buck’ who is racially aggravated and is preyed upon racially and because he walks crooked due a problem with his back. Lennie, who is a mental handicap which prevents him from living life as an independent adult, he is preyed upon because of his lack of ability to be independent and his stupidity. Candy, who is elderly and has no hand as he lost it in a machine accident, he is preyed upon because people think that he is not capable of doing jobs that a normal person could do.

Of Mice and Men is a book that was set in the 1930’s in Salinas, California when the world was on a downhill slope with things such as the great depression, which was when all the world’s economies failed to gain profits and all the stock markets crashed which left the world in disarray and lead to things like migrant workers. In this novel Steinbeck presents two people following a dream and trying to own their own ranch, George & Lennie, they fail to fulfil their dream but at the time, America was all about dreams and people wanting to fulfil them. There was vast segregation between whites and blacks at the time and this is presented viciously by Steinbeck throughout the novel. Crooks’ weakness was that he was black, and as I mentioned previously, whites were seen to be superior to blacks at the time and blacks had very little rights, he also is Crooked because something happened to his back which forces him to walk crooked which may even be the reason he is called Crooks however his name goes almost unnoticed during the novel, Steinbeck shows the segregation between everyone else and Crooks well because there are certain things that Crooks cannot do that others can, such as; playing cards with the rest...
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