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Of Mice and Men mental Diseases

Mice and Men
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Ausra Pranevicius

on 20 December 2012

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In the text Of Mice and Men, a person who could be described as intellectually challenged is Lennie. Lennie had been observed by multiple people as being not bright his friend, George even described Lennie as " He got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid" (pg 22) when George created an excuse to why Lennie was not bright. Lennie is considered to be not bright in many eyes as well as a person with odd behaviors such as forgetting everything and having uncommon desires to touch everything soft. Lennie has often forgot that George remarked " Might jus' as well spen' all my time tellin' you things and then you forget 'em, and I tell you again" (pg4). Lennie has uncommon obsessions to touch everything soft, he would stroke the fur of dead mice and attempted to stroke the dress of a woman. However Lennie often underestimated his power when wanting to stroke these soft things , he easily pinched the necks of mice " they was so little" (pg9), causing danger to these soft things and Lennie's future as happened when lennie nearly killed a woman stroking her dress because it was so soft not understanding his physical abilities. Treatment of the intellectually challenged man, Lennie in the book Of Mice an Men differed from other intellectually challenged during that time period. Most intellectually challenged people during the 1930s crowded the hospitals, constantly being within and out of the hospital meanwhile within the book Lennie is not treated in any manner, given all right to roam freely around the ranch as any other person. Many people during the 1930s are treated through drugs, lobotomy, and surgery most of these treatments were considered cheap "under $200" however, Lennie receives no form of treatment most likely because Lennie is a poor patient unable to pay the cost for "cheap treatment", earning only fifty dollars a month. Lennie refers to his companion George for instructions upon how to act, for example when Curely, a man, picked o Lennie, Lennie stood still "Lennie's hands remained at his sides.... 'Make him stop, George'.......'get him,Lennie"(pg63). This 'treatment' is inefficient Lennie being inseparable from George both mentally and physically, this dependency causing Lennie to struggle having no way to truly treat his disability. Mental Diseases and the Intellectually Challenged within Of Mice & Men Introduction Within the book Of Mice and Men, two ranchers : Lennie Small and George Milton build a firm relationship with one another because Lennie treats George with great kindness and respect because George had saved Lennie from drowning. These two men consider themselves to be different from ranchers "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place" considering that "We [ Lennie and George ] got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. An' why? Because...because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why (Chapter 1, Pg 13-14)". Lennie and George earn about fifty dollars a month toiling eleven hours a day on a ranch bucking barley, hoping to one day purchase a little ten acre farm with rabbits. Perhaps they could achieve such a fortune through the help of one another however, Lennie has often been noticed of having a intellectual disability, which could drag the hopes of both these friends... Lennie Intellectually Challenged The technology is the 1900s wasn't as advanced as it is today. although the methods to treat mental disabilities did improve, knowledge was still limited. while treatment may not include locking and restraining people, the methods of "curing" disease are not the ones we are used to today. psychiatrists treated patients with medication and a number of unusual mind-body therapies. Patients would receive hydrotherapy- where they would be soaked in a hot or cold bath for a long period of time. Some would receive shock therapy: insulin, Metrical and electrocution therapy (ECT). Hospitals soon became crowded with patients with mental disabilities, and the conditions of the hospitals started to deteriorate because of the Great Depression. Soon, two neurologists at Yale Primate laboratory performed experiments on two monkeys after testing the monkey's intelligence the doctors removed half of their frontal lobes. They still possessed their original skills and inteligence. The doctors then removed the other half of their frontal lobes. This caused their personalities to change drastically, but were able to complete their tasks. Neurologists who saw this thought they might be able to perform the same thing on humans. There were many contradicting ideas about this surgery. Some psychiatrists believed that it was wrong to destroy healthy brain tissue to cure a mental illness. in addition, by accepting surgey, people would have to acknowledge that some other forms of therapy were not curing the illnesses. however, there were many positive aspects of this type of therapy. it was cheaper, and cleared the hospitals of patients with mental disabilities. Lobotomy a procedure used to cure mental diseases Mental Disabilities and Treatment in the 1930s People in the 1930s with Intellectual disabilities are treated differently than within the book Of Mice and Men Lennie follows the instructions of George in hopes to become a better person knowing what to do. This treatment of Lennie's mental disease relates to the time period. Many people were effected by the great depression unable to spend money on surgery, referring to the other methods of "talking cure" which was developed in the early 1900s by Sigmund Freud. These mind-body cures were not helpful causing most intellectually diseased people to stay within crowded hospitals for most of their lives, with little effect. There was 1 million people intellectually diseased people within hospitals in America in 1940. The book Of Mice and Men reflects how inefficient treatments for these numerous diseased people, Lennie had to live without treatments because the treatments were expensive and not effective. or were they? by Loula, Daniel, John, Karen, and Ausra
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