Of Mice and Men - Injustice Essay

Essay by r0xleyHigh School, 10th gradeA-, February 2005

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Cases of injustice have always been present in human society. Whether it be discrimination against certain types of people, or just personal matters involving family and friends, you will always find a type of injustice being conducted somewhere in the world. There are many cases of injustice present in the novel "Of Mice and Men". Most of which were just on a casual scale, because at their time they were thought to be the right way to treat people.

First off the bat is Lennie. Being one the main characters in the book, he also suffers from one of the heaviest examples of injustice present. Lennie is big, strong, and mentally retarded. He does not realize his own physical strength, and therefore he constantly becomes a victim of it throughout the book. He really has no idea of what is going on around him, and sticks to very simple thoughts, copying other people's reactions and manner of behavior when he can.

When he starts being picked on by Curley, he doesn't know what to do. Curley picks on Lennie because he is big and Curley isn't, therefore Curley is jealous of his size and constantly shoots him down. Curley really doesn't understand the way Lennie is and how he doesn't know how fight back against Curley. Even if Curley did know what was wrong with Lennie, he wouldn't have cared. He still would have used Lennie as a tool for taking his anger out on. Another case of injustice against Lennie is when he is hunted down for the murder of Curley's wife. Although Lennie was the one who killed her, Curley and the others don't realize that he never meaned to hurt her. Slim and George is the only ones who know what has really happened here, and...