Of Mice and Men
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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.

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2 years ago
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hey eddy,

2 years ago
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i think your blog post is very well worded and straight forward. I thought your cultural assumption of mental health was outlined well although you didnt provide a example from the text that backed up your thought of them being treated differently. Over all i thought your cultural assumption was great.

2 years ago
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the examples you have provided help me understand the cultural assumption you are providing.

2 years ago
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1. Find the cultural assumption being discussed. Do you think it is outlined and described clearly?

2. Do the examples help you to understand the cultural assumption? If not make suggestions about what they can include to help you understand.

3. Can you identify the elements of novel used by the author to show the cultural assumption. If not make a comment that they need to include this.

4. Have they linked the cultural assumption to context? (Do they make comments about the time and place the novel was written and how the cultural assumption links to this time and place?)

5. Can you identify the author of the novel and their view about the cultural assumption ? If not make suggestions about where they can include the author and how the author presents the assumption. e.g. accept, reject, question, challenge.

6. Can you find any distinct similarities or differences between you novel and your partner's novel?

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2 years ago
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1. Find the cultural assumption being discussed. Do you think it is outlined and described clearly?
yes
2. Do the examples help you to understand the cultural assumption? If not make suggestions about what they can include to help you understand.
yes
3. Can you identify the elements of novel used by the author to show the cultural assumption. If not make a comment that they need to include this. yes i can but it isnt exactly clear

4. Have they linked the cultural assumption to context? (Do they make comments about the time and place the novel was written and how the cultural assumption links to this time and place?) yes

5. Can you identify the author of the novel and their view about the cultural assumption ? If not make suggestions about where they can include the author and how the author presents the assumption. e.g. accept, reject, question, challenge.
yes
6. Can you find any distinct similarities or differences between you novel and your partner's novel? no

For your corresponding partner, you need to EMAIL them YOUR Tackk Username/Handle. For example, mine is @ecandlish695. Once you find them on Tackk you need to follow them so you are able to comment ONCE on TWO of their posts.