Prejudice in of Mice and Men
In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Male, there are lots of example of bias. The primary kinds of prejudice shown in this book are racial, sexual and social bias. This essay is firstly going to take a look at racial bias. There is much racial prejudice displayed in Of Mice and Men towards Crooks the black crippled stable buck. Crooks is more irreversible than the other cattle ranch hands and has his own room off the stables with much more possessions than them. This space is constructed to be an opportunity and also since it implies he is nearer to the horses however in reality it is actually because the other ranch hands do not desire him in the bunk house with them.
As an outcome of this bias Crooks has become bitter and very lonesome. When Lennie pertains to pet the pups, not even realizing that Crooks’ space is’out of bounds’, Crooks quickly ends up being defensive and uncivil “I ain’t wanted in the bedroom and you ain’t wanted in my space” but Lennie in his childish innocence is completely without bias” Why ain’t you wanted” he asks. Crooks retaliates to this with: “Trigger I’m black, they play cards in there however I can’t play since I’m black. They state I stink.
Well I inform you, all of you stink to me” This line showing that Crooks frantically wishes to take part, be accepted, however due to the fact that of his colour he can’t and so he feels the only way he can make himself feel better is to cut himself off further. It appears his life has become a vicious circle of resentment and mistrust of others. Nevertheless, the author exposes that it has actually not always been in this manner. When Crooks understands that Lennie means no damage, he welcomes him to “Come on in and set a while” before recollecting memories about his childhood.
He speaks of it as a kind of paradise: “The white kids pertain to play at our location, an’ often I went to play with them and a few of them were quite nice. My ol’ guy didn’t like that. I never ever understood till long later on why he didn’t like that. But I know now”. Scoundrels didn’t experience racism directly in his childhood, making his present scenario even worse. As the conversation continues, Crooks becomes fascinated by the strength of the friendship of Lennie and George, He questions their nearness, asking “Well, s’position, jus’ s’present he do not return. What’ll you do then? Criminals does not have any buddies and would not understand how losing one suddenly would feel. His mix of curiousity and envy about the relationship of Lennie and George expose the ingrained cynicism that has established within him. Although Lennie is retarded, Crooks benefits from his rare position of power to “torture” him mentally- “Criminals’ face lighted with satisfaction at his torture”. Steinbeck aptly shows the corruptive nature of bias. The discomfort of rejection and maltreatment experienced by Crooks, combined with his jealousy of the two protagonists’ relationship leads him to take it out on others.
He will probably never experience a similar relationship and for this reason desires people to feel the manner in which he does, entirely alone. Crooks goes on to discuss his loneliness” ‘A man needs somebody to be near him’ He whined:’ A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got no one. Do not make no difference who the guy is, long’s he’s with you’ he wept ‘I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets ill'” Crooks is trying to find sympathy, he is so incredibly lonely even to the point to stating that isolation can make you ill. George continues to speak about his dream.
Criminals, having been on the cattle ranch for a long time, has actually witnessed a great deal of individuals with the very same dream, he mocks it “Nobody ever gets to paradise, and no one never gets no land” but when Candy can be found in and supports what George has actually been saying he starts to think in the dream “If you … guys want a hand to work for absolutely nothing– simply his keep, why I ‘d come and lend a hand” Crooks sees the dream as his escape from what he is living in, somewhere like his childhood where his color wouldn’t be a concern. There are different levels of racial prejudice showed throughout the book.
Most of the cattle ranch hands don’t like or socialize with Criminals however would not head out of their way to insult him. Curley’s partner on the other hand is disrespectful without reason.”‘Listen, Nigger ‘, she said. ‘You know what I can do to you if you open you trap'” She abuses her position and has no regard for him at all, she doesn’t even describe him by his name, looking down on him with utter contempt and ridicule. It is attitudes like hers that have turned him into the bitter guy he has become– “Criminals had actually lowered himself to nothing. There was no character, no ego-nothing to excite either like or do not like”
Just like Scoundrels’ treatment of Lennie, nevertheless, the author reveals the mutual nature of bias and resentment in the farm. Curley’s other half experiences a lot of discrimination due to the fact that of her sex throughout the book. Living on a cattle ranch where the large majority of the residents are male, she is very lonesome. George knowingly remarks, “Cattle ranch with a lot of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl”. Maybe as a further representation of her obvious insignificance she is always referred to as’Curley’s spouse’, never offered a name. She experiences further sexual prejudice because none of the ranch hands will talk with her.
This is partially due to the fact that she can make up things about those she dislikes who will consequently get’ the can’ and also because she is a ‘looloo’with a really flirty nature. “She got the eye goin’ all the time on everyone. I bet she even gives the stable buck they eye. I do not know what the hell she desires” says Whit. The cattle ranch hands don’t trust her or comprehend her. An old fan informed her that she “coulda went with the shows, not jus one neither” He assured her that he would compose “Quickly’s he got back to Hollywood” but he never did and so she married Curley.
Since of this she’s discontented and feels she’s been denied by life. In fact she does not even like Curley “He ain’t a good fella”. Due to the fact that she has absolutely nothing to do but sit at home she goes out on the cattle ranch under the pretence of looking for Curley. Some of the sexual prejudice she experiences is her fault, she frightens the cattle ranch hands with her femininity but she isn’t truly a tart, she simply yearns for attention which she doesn’t obtain from Curley. Neglected by both the cattle ranch hands and Curley she has wound up extremely lonely, the one thing she most wished to escape.
It is ironic that the conventional public opinion to wed has perhaps decreased her social status and increased her isolation. Sweet, the old swamper is prejudiced versus because of his age and his impairment. Since of his hand he is not able to do a great deal of the tasks that the other cattle ranch hands do making him instantly an outsider. Also since he believes that he is old he puts himself in a state of mind which handicaps him far more than his missing out on hand ever will. His life echoes that of his canine, he was when “the very best damn sheep-dog I ever seen” and now is beside ineffective, Candy’s life has actually gone somewhat the exact same way.
Curley experiences social prejudice because he is the one in charges son. The other workers are scared of him because of the position of power he holds over them. Because they can’t accept him he has become terrible “This person Curley seems like a son-of-a-bitch to me, I don’t like suggest little people”. Curley is likewise extremely brief, and therefore dislikes huge males like Lennie. He is a really insecure guy however hides these insecurities by acting as if he isn’t scared by anything or anyone. He has cut himself off from individuals as much as they have actually cut themselves off from him.
Lennie is a victim of social prejudice in the fact that, being slowed down, he can’t socially connect with the natural ease of George. He is left when the cattle ranch hands enter into town and he is excluded of card games purely because he can’t play. Since he like others experiences prejudice, and also because he is really easy to speak with because they understand he “will not go blabbing'”, Crooks and Curley’s other half feel they can speak to him. George and Lennie experience social prejudice in a sense that people can’t accept the uncommon relationship they have with each other.
The book is a microcosm, a cross-section of society at the time, reflecting the bias that penetrated the era. At the time of the novel blacks in America had no rights, they were seen as no ones. Due to the fact that of this prejudice a lot of them, like Crooks “retired into the dreadful protective dignity of the negro”. Women also had really couple of rights. There are many different levels of prejudice displayed in Of Mice And Male. Through these prejudices the characters such as Crooks and Curley’s wife have ended up being extremely lonely but they remain in hopeless position which they can do absolutely nothing about. These bias can still be seen worldwide today.