In the novel ‘of mice and men’ many of the characters John Steinbeck has chosen for the book display both physical and mental impairments. Some characters that have been discriminated in the book are Lennie, Candy, Crooks and Curleys Wife. By putting characters like these into the book Steinbeck is illustrating how hard life was for anyone who couldn’t look after themselves during the great depression.
Lennie was one of the main characters in the novel ‘of mice and men’. In the novel Lennie suffered from a mental impairment, which because of his impairment the other characters both saw and treated Lennie like a child. To some characters, because of Lennies childish behaviour they saw him as an easy target, like Curley because he hates talk people and because Lennie was mentally impaired he saw him a an easy target but Lennie is immensely strong and can do the work of two men. The quote “Lady huh? Don’t even remember who that lady was. That was your own aunt Clara. An’ she stopped givin ‘em to ya. You always killed ‘em, reminded the read of Lennies impairment, he remember everything that George had told him but forgot everything anyone else had told him. Even though Lennie is different he still has George to look after him and friendship was a hard thing to find on a ranch.
One of the most discriminated characters in the book was crooks. He was the only black man on the ranch and was physically disabled, he got kicked in the back by a horse and now he walks hunched over. The novel was written during the 1930s and this was a very hard time for black people. Being the only black person on the ranch made it very difficult for Crooks too make any friends because he was black. During this time black and white people didn’t associate with each other. The quote “you got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me” says that Crooks keeps his distance from all the other workers. Lennie was the only person on