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Human Rights

Human rights have always been an important part of our world, and if we look at the book "Of Mice and Men" we see that there are a lot of human rights related issues in it.

Matt Hutchings

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of Human Rights

Human Rights Of Mice and Men So, what are human rights? Human Rights are the universal rights we have as living, breathing, humans. Everyone shares the same rights regardless of... Age Race Gender Sexual Orientation Intelligence Skill-Set Disabilities Wealth Status Heritage Origin Background Nationality Bloodline Beliefs & Morals Political Preference Skin Color Physical Traits Religion Association Class Citizenship Your Personality And the things that make you, you! What do human rights mean to me? They're the rights that everyone has, regardless
of who they are, or where they come from. They
are the same for everyone, even you and I. Well, what human rights can
do for you is guarentee you
the right of... What this means is that no
matter what you believe or
your background is you will
have all of these rights. freedom of speech. your personal freedom. self ownership. freedom of assembly. freedom of religion. marriage. personal privacy. a fair trial. And so much more... EVERYTHING!!! So how does this deal
with "Of Mice and Men"? Well you see, in "Of Mice and Men"
there are many examples of human
rights issues. Lennie Curley's Wife Candy George Carlson Slim Curley Crooks Each one of these characters
has something to do with human
rights, whether it's clear or not.
However I'll be talking about the
people who's rights aren't being
violated, but rather they play
a role in the live of the other
characters. Oppressors & Liberators... and Carlson. In every story there is a hero,
In human rights there are those
that try to help and uphold
what is right all of the time. Likewise there is always a villian in each story, there are those that want to take away the rights of others for their own slefish gain, regardless of how it will hurt others. Lastly there are the bystanders of
each and every story. They are
ignorant of the situation around them
and just go on with their everyday
life until they are at their doorstep. "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." Chapter 2, pg. 26 Curley is one of the biggest jerks
in the entire book, and has something
that we call the Napoleon Complex. He's just a little guy that hates... BIG! Things... This is his character
for the entire book,
from when he tries
to fight Lennie and
so forth. This is a characteristic of
a total machivellian person,
that will do anything they
want to get ahead. Even if it means hurting something
or someone else, and Curley goes
out of his way to hurt people as
well. He is not alone though, as
history has proven true over
time. "Well, you ain't bein' kind to him
keepin' him alive." Chapter 3, pg. 45 George and Slim were two examples
of what we call liberators in human
rights. They are the people that
will not sit idly by as people are being
tormented and tortured unjustly. In the novel, George watches after Lennie for some unknown reason to us, however he takes care of him and respects and cares for him. Why he does this is a good question, because as he says, we know he could live easy without Lennie. Slim we know as the man who is only second to the Boss, and maybe Curley. Regardless of his position though, he is well liked and respected. for good reason. Hitler, Napoleon, Ivan the Terrible,
all of these rulers had authority
and abused the rights ofothers.
Curley is alot like this. So why is it then that these
two characters would go out
of their way to try and protect
and help someone else who has
nothing to offer in return, and
even if he didn't it wouldn't be
enough to fully repay them? They are liberators. People who will help no matter what the circumstances are. Napoleon launched the gretest
attack on Europe ever seen.

Hitler killed six million Jews as
part of the 'Final Solution'.

Ivan the Terrible was a total
dctator, and while that wasn't
uncommon he ruled with an
unjust and iron fist killing as
many as an estimated 20,000
of his own citizens during his reign. We've always seen examples of Liberators,
whether it be some religious figurehead as
Mother Theresa, or as common as someone
in the Red Cross, these people do their
best to help out other people. We've seen this in history when the Nazi Concentration Camps were freed by the soldiers of the allied forces. They could be called liberators because they served their nation protecting the people back home and the freed these unfortunate people from their imprision ment. However... A liberator must know if and when it is more acceptable for someone to die and move on instead of living in the current state they do now. This is seen in 'Of Mice and Men' when George, a good character is forced to shoot Lennie, because Lennie would be killed and tortured by Curley otherwise. In the real world, we saw this same dilemma in the Terri Shivao Case. Her family argued she had a right to live despiteher being brain dead. Did her family have a real right to do that? We don't know due to morals and ethics, but it seems that her dying was the best thing to happen to that family in a long time. It's scary but these are just a
few examples, and Curley fits into each and everyone of them. Scary.
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