How is society unfair to Crooks, Lennie, Candy and Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men?

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These four characters from Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men all suffer from some sort of prejudice or segregation. In fact, almost all of the characters in the book are somehow alienated from society. 

Being a black man living on an otherwise all white ranch in the 1930's makes Crooks a victim of both racism and segregation. He lives in a room in the barn separated form the other men. He's only allowed in the bunkhouse on special occasions. When Lennie enters his room Crooks lashes out at Lennie explaining the reasons for his segregation:

“’Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me.”

Lennie, because he is mentally disabled, also suffers from a form of prejudice at the hands of George, Curley and Curley's wife. Even though he is Lennie's friend George sometimes treats him badly. He explains how he has mistreated Lennie:

I’ve beat the hell outa him, and he coulda bust every bone in...

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