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by John Steinbeck

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How are three characters discriminated against in Of Mice and Men?

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Steinbeck demonstrates the painful reality of being discriminated against.  

Discrimination is a recurring theme in the work.  In the opening pages, George and Lennie suffer economic discrimination. They are migrant workers.  They lack a stable source of income.  As a result, Steinbeck shows at least one occasion where they experience prejudice or discrimination. The first involves a bus driver and what George perceives as unfair treatment:

We could just as well of rode clear to the ranch if that bastard bus driver knew what he was talkin’ about. ‘Jes’ a little stretch down the highway,’ he says. ‘Jes’ a little stretch.’ God damn near four miles, that’s what it was! Didn’t wanta stop at the ranch gate,...

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