Of Mice and Men
I've been reading the book of Mice and Men and have noticed the cultural assumption that mentally disabled people are treated differently. Steinbeck shows this through the character of Lennie, who is one of the protagonists, and his treatment by George, his best friend, and Curley, the Ranch owners son.
The relationship between George and Lennie is unfair because George makes all of Lennie's decisions. For example when George demands that Lennie hand over a dead mouse Lennie is keeping in his pocket. Lennie is very upset about this. George says "give it here" and "you aint patting a mouse when you're walkin with me." From this we know George is in charge.
Another example is when Curly bashes Lennie just because he can. Curley treats Lennie unfairly because he looks down on him and thinks he's stupid. He threatens Lennie because George always answer for him. Curley says "next time you answer when you're spoke to".
In the year this book was written it was assumed that mentally disabled people were stupid and below everyone else , I believe that this assumption is completely unfair and cowardly for people to behave this way.
Steinbeck rejects the cultural assumption because he tries to make you feel sorry for Lennie when people are mean to him.