Man's True Form: A Monstrous Nightmare

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Abhi Gupta

Miss. Suchiu


May 12, 2014

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Man's True Form: A Monstrous Nightmare

Every child is born into this world as an equal human being, yet society struggles to accept diversity among those suffering from illnesses. In fact, people with mental disorders or physical disabilities are neglected, and humanity's evil actions threaten the survival of today's modern civilization. As it is shown in the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the nature of mankind progressively becomes a destructive force of evil as one faces challenges that make survival more difficult. The ranch south of Soledad provides shelter to several migrant workers, however, no one has a place that they can call "home" because of the predatory nature of mankind. Therefore, man's true form is very unpredictable, and it can transform from its innocent existence to pure darkness due to isolation, weakness and violence provoked by man himself.

To begin, the vicious nature of mankind has isolated those who do not fit in the mainstream of society because of their differences. Crooks, the black stable buck, is separated from the rest of the men as he faces challenges of the Great Depression due to the hue of his complexion. This isolation is seen when Lennie enters Crooks' room while everyone is in town. Crooks confesses, "And now there ain't a coloured man on this ranch (…) A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody (…) gets too lonely an' he gets sick. If I say something why it's just a nigger saying it" (Steinbeck, 70-73). His feelings clearly depict that his opinion is no longer valued in a town fueled by racism, leaving an everlasting imprint on the stable buck's outlook on life as well as diminishing his hope for a better future. Similarly,