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by John Steinbeck

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How does John Steinbeck show the way society treats people in Of Mice and Men through his characters?

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Lennie Small, a character who should be treated with a gentle kindness due to his mental challenges in this novel, is instead looked upon by society with scorn and ridicule.

His closest companion is George, who both takes care of him at times and verbally berates him. Consider the following exchange:

"You remember about us goin’ in to Murray and Ready’s, and they give us work cards and bus tickets?”

“Oh, sure, George. I remember that now.” His hands went quickly into his side coat pockets. He said gently, “George . . . I ain’t got mine. I musta lost it.”

He looked down at the ground in despair.

“You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ‘em here. Think I’d let you carry your own work card?”

Lennie grinned with relief. “I . . . I thought I put it in my side pocket.” His hand went into the pocket again.

Lennie looks to George for leadership and an understanding of the world which he himself lacks. He trusts George, which is why his death is all the more...

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