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What are two examples showing how Lennie is discriminated against because of his disability in the book Of Mice and Men?

One example of Lennie being discriminated against because of his mental disability takes place when Curley views him as an easy target and vents his rage by punching Lennie in the face. Another example takes place when Crooks bullies Lennie by purposely upsetting him while George is in town. George even discriminates against Lennie by speaking to him disparagingly and admitting to playing cruel jokes on him in the past.

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In Steinbeck's classic novella Of Mice and Men, Lennie Small is a mentally handicapped migrant worker, who travels the country with his close friend George and relies on him for protection and guidance. Despite his size and strength, Lennie cannot defend himself against cruel, mean-spirited individuals and suffers from various forms of discrimination on the ranch. Curley discriminates against Lennie in chapter 3 by physically challenging him to a fight. Curley is aware of Lennie's mental handicap and views him as an easy target to pick on. Curley proceeds to tell Lennie,

"What the hell you laughin' at?...Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet. No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me. I'll show ya who's yella." (Steinbeck, 30)

When Curley begins punching Lennie in the face, Lennie is helpless and does not know how to respond. Eventually, George instructs Lennie to defend himself by fighting back and Lennie ends up breaking Curley's hand.

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