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by John Steinbeck

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How is pride important in Of Mice and Men, and how does Steinbeck show this?

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Although the men hired as migrant workers are in unfortunate economic circumstances, Steinbeck shows them hanging on to their pride in whatever small ways they can. This reaffirms their humanity.

One example of this is Crooks. He is black, and as a result, the other men won't allow him into the bunkhouse. Therefore, he sleeps in a room by the barn. While treated liked an animal—for example, his bed is a long box of straw—he has books in his room and treats the space as his personal domain, a place he can control. When Curley's wife, for instance, tries to come in, he orders her out—until she uses race to intimidate him (Crooks pride can only go so far in the face of his powerlessness). Crooks also has a moment of deep longing to be part of George and Lennie 's dream of the farm, but when he realizes the others probably won't accept him, he rejects...

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Pride is important in Of Mice and Men because to showed the power (both physically and financially) of the character.

Steinbeck shows this with all of his characters. Curley is the son of the owner and one of the strongest workers, which makes his pride high. Lennie is strong but poor and...stupid, which makes his pride small.