Of Mice and Men– The Challenges George And Lennie
Among the difficulties George and Lennie portray, is that they are continuously moving because they are run out of lots of town. While the two discuss future jobs, they start to speak about the past.
“O.K.,” stated George. “An’ you ain’t gon na do no bad things like you carried out in Weed, neither.” A light of comprehending broke on Lennie’s face, “They run us outa Weed,” he took off triumphantly. “Run us out, hell,” said George disgustedly. “We run. They was lookin’ for us, however they didn’t catch us” (Steinbeck 7).
This passage lets the reader know that George and Lennie were previously lacked a town called Weed. The men are obviously abandoned account of Lennie’s actions. As their discussion advances, George blows up at Lennie for being a problem in other towns.
“An’ whatta I got,” George went on intensely. “I got you! You can’t keep a task and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in problem. You do bad things and I got to get you out” (Steinbeck 12).
George’s discussion discusses their consistent need to move all over the country. The 2 are social castaways because they always move or escape after Lennie causes problem. When the males get to a farm in Salinas for work, they experience hostility from some other employees.
Certain people are impolite and hostile to social castaways despite the fact that they ought to be kind and civil. An example of this is when Curley says [of Lennie] to George, “By Christ, he’s got ta talk when he’s spoke to. What the hell are you gettin’ into it for?” (Steinbeck 28). Here the reader sees the beginning of Curley’s resentment towards the outcast men. Curley seems despiteful due to the fact that Lennie will not speak for himself at George’s demand. Later on, Curley attacks Lennie both verbally and physically over a misinterpretation of an action of Lennies.
Curley stepped over to Lennie like a terrier. “What the hell you laughin’ at?”
Lennie looked blankly at him, “Huh?” Then Curley’s rage blew up. “Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet. No huge son-of-a-bitch is gon na laugh at me. I’ll reveal ya who’s yella” (Steinbeck 69).
Curley is enraged with Lennie since he sees Lennie smiling with the idea of a remote dream. Lennie is informed by George not to fight or face Curley, so this outrages the provoked male more when Lennie will not fight back. Not just are individuals terrible to men with castaway histories, but also they are painful to men of racial distinctions and impairments.
A fellow farm employee, Crooks, is black and had a bad spine due to a horse kick as a child. The males on the farm call him derogatory names and will not socialize with him beyond a couple of orders. When Lennie wanders into Scoundrel’s space, they start to talk after a couple of awkward efforts by Crooks to make Lennie leave. Crooks tells Lennie,
“I ain’t wanted in the bunk home?”
“Why ain’t you desired?” Lennie asked. “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink” (Steinbeck 75).
The fellow farm employees are inequitable because of the color of Crooks’ skin. They believe that he isn’t as high up on the social chain as they are. This triggers Crooks to feel neglected and likewise makes him feel that his viewpoint doesn’t matter more than a speck of dirt. He describes, “This is simply a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t suggest nothing, see?” (Steinbeck 78). Crooks understands to keep his mouth shut and never ever to offer his opinion. The biased ways of the workers reveal an excellent illustration of a difficulty of a social outcast. These three recluse men demonstrate precise examples of what it resembles to be an outcast in the world.
The portrayals of these 3 social castaways enable the reader to experience various sort of bigotry, prejudice and hate towards people who are different. Whether one is castaway due to the fact that of his history or due to the fact that of his race, people will absolutely be affected by this oppression. John Steinbeck is a fantastic author in the sense that he explores the mind of someone who is dealt with unfairly and provides it in his writing. If the world could comprehend that social castaways have actually done nothing wrong, or are merely dealt a bad hand in the video game of life, society as we know it could end up being a more pleasant location to be.