Reflection on Of Mice and Men
After reading the novel Of Mice and Men, I came to realize a difference from when I had read it in high school. When I read it in high school I was reading just as a student, not from any certain point of view. When I read it this time I was reading it was a little bit of a special education background, and I took a lot more out of it this time.
While I was reading this novel again, I noticed a lot more about the racism and the gender discrimination between the men and woman. The women had pretty much no say in anything that they did, whether the job was including the men or not. The men just told the women what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
Lennie was one of the main characters and he had a disability that we think was mental retardation. Back in the time that this novel was written, people did not know a lot about this disability therefore they did not know how to treat it or act around people with it. In the story, George, who is Lennie’s friend and is also one the main characters, took Lennie with him when we would go to get new jobs and things like that. But when they go to the new ranch, the owner and his son thought that George was using Lennie to do the work then thought that he was going to take Lennie’s money. But this thought was very wrong. George stuck up for Lennie throughout the whole time and helped him learn what he was in fact supposed to do.
Friendship is a major factor in this story. George and Lennie have a friendship that others might not see as a good one. A lot of outside viewers might see George as taking advantage of Lennie, but that’s not true. A friend is someone who you can spend quality time with and have fun. A true friend will help you both physically and mentally, and for Lennie, George did just that. At the end of the novel, George ended up shooting Lennie, Some view this as a horrible thing, but in this story, I don’t think it was as bad as some think. I am not saying that it was...