Unfair Treatment -
Mental Disabilities

Unfair Treatment

The book I have chosen to read is Of Mice and Men. In this book there are many cultural assumptions that wouldn't be acceptable in our society.

The main cultural assumption is that people with mental disabilities are 'different' from the other's. Lennie, one of the main characters, of the book is judged and taken advantage of by many other characters due to his mental incapacity.

I think the author is showing this through the use of George, Lennie's best friend who he relies on heavily. George often gets angry at Lennie for not following instructions which he can't remember. Curley, who's the antagonist and also the ranch owners son, is quiet cruel to Lennie seeing that he is 'protected' being the Bosses Son. He often takes advantage of Lennie trying to get him to fight him. “What the hell you laughin’ at?” Lennie looked blankly at him. “Huh?” Then Curley’s rage exploded. “Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet. No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me. I’ll show ya who’s yella.”

I feel as this is very typical of the bosses son to be horrible being that he is 'protected' and can do no wrong. They often try to cause trouble with other workers and try to get them fired. I feel that this treatment towards Lennie is unjust and would be not accepted in today's society.

I think John Steinbeck is using the character to show that during the 1930's ranches were a hard place to work and were a harsh life for those working and living in that environment, let alone those who had mental disabilities which were not understood in those times.

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