Of Mice and Men Has Been Described as a Novel of Protest, to What Extent Do You Agree with This

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In the novel Of Mice and Men, many different things happen that could make the reader think that this is a novel of protest. The novel is, to some extent, a novel of protest. Written by John Steinbeck, it portrays the harsh reality of life during the depression. There is a theme of inequality protesting throughout the novel. Throughout this essay I will be reviewing the different examples of inequality. The different characters in the novel also help to portray protest to the reader. The character Lennie is a good example of this along with Crooks.

Throughout the novel there is a small protest for the weak. Steinbeck sees an opportunity to emphasize on how strong men had more authority over weaker or disabled ones during the time that the novel is based. For example when Candy's dog was killed, it was Carlson who shot the dog and told Candy it was the right thing to do. 'look Candy. This ol' just suffers himself all the time.' Carlson is the bigger and stronger man in this situation and clearly and more authority than Candy because of his age and situation.

Crooks, who is the negro stable buck, is segregated from the rest of the workforce, he is treated like an animal and is almost described as living like one, Steinbeck seems to emphasize on how badly he was treated and how it has made Crooks someone that is bitter. the way Crooks lived was mixed up with a horses life style 'Crooks had his apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and the horses'. Steinbeck concentrates alot on how black men were treated during the time of the depression, he describes Crooks as a lonely man who is left alone by the rest 'Crooks could leave is things about, and being a stable buck and a cripple, he was more permanent than the other men'. Although Crooks was treated disrespectfully he had alot of dignity, 'Crooks was a proud man'. When someone enters Crooks' home, he becomes defensive, ' you have no right to come in my room.'

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