As I have read more of my book I have found Steinbeck also tells us that males were very competitive and that a man's worth dependent on his working ability. This is shown when curly bashes Lennie because he likes looking tough bashing people bigger than himself. Example when candy says to George," Curly's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He is alla time picking scraps with big guys."

Men try and show who is the best worker is. An example is when slim says to George how good Lennie works," maybe he aint bright, but I've never seen such a worker. Their aint no body that can keep up with him."

i personally go either way with the assumption Steinbeck has used because it makes Lennie look like a sook and cant stand up for himself. But on the other hand makes him look like a great worker.

Steinbeck challenges this assumption because it makes us side with Lennie and hate curly.

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2 years ago

The cultural assumption is outlined and described clearly. The examples help me understand the cultural assumption. I can see that the author has used how other characters act towards each other to show the cultural assumption. No comments are made about how the time and place where the novel was written had an impact on what was written. I can identify that the author of the novel questions the cultural assumption. I could not find any distinct similarities or differences between Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye.