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Of mice and men and real world oppresion of human rights
Transcript of Of mice and men and real world oppresion of human rights
Of Mice and Men and Concerning human rights
It is seen throughout history that human rights are constantly violated, this is seen as well in John Steinbeck's tradegy "Of Mice and Men" Crooks: "S'pose you didn't have nobod. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes tilil it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody -to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets to lonely an' he gets sick."
"Maybe you guys getter go. I ain't sure I want you in here no more. A colored man got to have some rights even if he don't like 'em." Here in the story, Lenny meets Crooks, a black man who isn't allowed to be with the other white men to socialize. Crooks is not given much, and what he does have, is not enough. This is a time period when the nobody had much, and the black population was oppressed. Crooks is in a bad situation and there is nothing he can do about it. Lonliness sets in for him since all people need human contact, and at this point Crooks as lost any faith he ever had in human nature. But Crooks down deep is a good man with a tough exterior, which he does so he can not be hurt easily. That is why at first he is cruel to Lenny but later allows him to stay. In the end, Crooks asks them to leave because he feels that although he does not have much in life, his rights are still his, and he must hold on to them and protect it with all his strength. This just shows the darkness of human nature sometimes, and what it does to people, and what they will do to protect themselves from the cruelness of life. Curly's wife: "If I catch any one man, and he's alone, i get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk. Jus' nothing but mad. You're all scared of each other, that's what. Ever' one of you's scared the rest is goin' to get something on you. If there is one identifiable theme in this novel, it could be said that it is the theme of lonliness. One of the characters who's human rights are oppresed is Curly's wife, the only female character. In a time when woman had little rights, no respect and had little hope of a career. With no hobbies, no future and nothing to do, all Curly's wife wants is someone to talk to besides her cruel husband. But associating with anothers wife, ecspecially your bosses wife was not acceptable, therefore Curly's wife comes off as promiscuous and alone in the end, which is causal to her death. George: "I ain't got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time. . . 'Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him" Everyone who knows Lennie knows he is a burden, but in this time and place, he had nowhere to go, and without George he would be dead or in a insanasylum. Over the years, science has vastly helped in the understanding the mentally challenged and their disorders, and for that, the hopes and rights of one like Lennie have skyrocketed. Without a great person like George who is gracious enough to care for him, which was highly uncommon in the time period, all hopes for human kindness could seem lost to those in the time. IN TODAYS WORLD.. Throughout human existance, many have been oppresed, little has been done about it, and little has changed.... until the past few centuries, when intellectual, scientific and social enlightenment has come about and change has given many who never had a chance, the chance they always deserved. Not all are so lucky to share these freedoms, even though everyone deserves them. Every small step for man to make this world better is important, and all must be thankful for the rights they have, and hold onto those rights and freedoms in honor of those who do not have them. womans suffrage was a movement that came to the forefront of America in the 1910s and 1920s. No one was willing to give women the right to vote, but different womans rights organizations fought for their rights nevertheless. Finally with the passing of the 19th ammentment in 1920, justice came to all the deprived women of America, and they were allowed to vote once and for all. Now women around the world have greater chances to acheive their hopes and dreams now that they have equal rights to men, although this is not the case in every country. Sources: Steinbeck, John. "Of Mice and Men"
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