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Human Rights Research Project

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Sarah Killian

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of Human Rights Research Project

Mental Retardation:
"Lennie" in Of Mice and Men "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy."-George (page 11) In this quote, George is addressing Lennie in how his life would be far better if he were living without the constant hassle of Lennie. In relation to Lennie's mental disability, this is evidence that Lennie fixates on certain objects, such as the ketchup in this instance or the recurring theme of the rabbits and the farm. "He lifted her arm and let it drop. For a moment he seemed bewildered. And then he whispered in fright, 'I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing.'" -Lennie (page 91) In this quote, Lennie has just killed Curley's wife after also killing his young pup. This quote is unique because it is one of the few moments in the novel where Lennie shows some comprehension of his actions. However, his recognition of his actions is very minimal, as he has just killed a woman and his first instinct is to cover the body. Also, he shows very little, if any, emotion in relation to the murder and finds equivalence between the murder of the dog and Curley's wife. "Jesus Christ, Lennie! You can't remember nothing that happens, but you remember ever' word I say." -George (page 103) In this quote, George is complaining to Lennie about his forgetful manner in all aspects of life except for in regards to the rabbits and the farm. “All people with mental disorders
have the right to receive high quality
treatment and care delivered through
responsive health care services.
They should be protected against
any form of inhuman treatment
and discrimination.”

-Mental Health Policy and Service Policy Guidance "Special Olympics athletes are spokespersons for freedom itself - they ask for the freedom to live, the freedom to belong, the freedom to contribute, the freedom to have a chance. And, of all the values that unite and inspire us to seek a better world, no value holds a higher place than the value of freedom."

-Eunice Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics Eunice Shriver was born a Kennedy, a name known throughout the world for its weight in politics. However, Eunice Shriver did not follow the traditional political path of the rest of her family; she instead devoted her life to the Special Olympics, which she founded in 1968. This organization, loosely based on Camp Shriver, which had been a smaller scale camp setting organized by Eunice Shriver, would soon achieve worldwide recognition for its momentous gains for people with mental disabilities. The Special Olympics, held every two years, provide a wide array of sports, similar to those included in the Winter and Summer Olympics, and this organization proves that even with mental disabilities, all people should be given equal opportunities. This is a recurring theme throughout the novel, and it is evidence of Lennie's mental condition for he has a very limited mental capacity. Also, as this occurs right before George murders Lennie, this is the last instance of the novel that displays Lennie's mental retardation. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) specializes in mental illness and is known as the largest research organization in the world. Established in 1949, the NIMH is used to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders. The Institute uses “biomedical” research on the mind, brain and behavior in order to study the vast in order to achieve its goals. Some objectives for the NIMH include: researching the causes of mental disorders, developing new and better interventions that incorporate the needs of people with mental illnesses. The National Institute of Mental Health is an ongoing organization that continues its research today.
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