Example research essay topic: Outcasts In Society In Relation To John Steinbecks Of Mice And Men – 466 words

Throughout history, many groups of people have
been the target of persecution by a much larger or
more dominant group, often the common people.
Among these groups are or were: blacks, the
disabled, women, children, the elderly, and
members of other religions. In John Steinbecks Of
Mice and Men, three characters were regarded as
outcasts by the majority of workers on the ranch:
Lennie, mentally disabled, Candy, an elder and
amputee, and Crooks, a black. In the time frame in
which the novella is set, a mentally disabled
person was often seen by others as incapacitated,
retarded, and a waste of the caregivers time. In
Lennies case, he was first seen as useless, but
when he was put to work, he was doing a much
better job than most others around him. However,
his child-like mentality caused several problems:
he very rarely remembered what people told him, he
became fixated on one subject (rabbits), and he
became confused or clueless as to what to do if he
heard someone scream or yell. This explains how he
accidentally killed Curleys wife.

In the end, as
previously foreshadowed, George grew sick of
dragging Lennie around, and eventually shot him.
The reason for amputees being labeled as outcasts
is obvious: they are missing limbs, which makes
them useless in some fields of employment,
including farming, one where many people lose
hands or arms. Candy is the ranchs amputee, but
the reader does not know whether or not his
disability was caused by a farming accident. Being
an amputee, Candy was given a somewhat degrading
job compared to others: pushing a broom. Not only
are humans targeted, but Candys dog is also
considered an outcast, due to his age, odour, and
physical strength. Eventually, Slim shot Candys
dog, putting an end to its pain. For decades,
blacks were the largest minority group in the
United States, and it wasnt until the 1960s that
blacks were officially recognized as persons in
the U.S.

On the ranch, Crooks wasnt given much
more than his job and a small space in the barn.
He wasnt permitted to participate in any social
events, nor was he allowed to speak to any whites,
99% of the people on the ranch. The only person
who actually saw Crooks as a real man was Lennie,
who came in and, as usual, told him about his &
Georges master plan to run their own farm and tend
the rabbits. Today, there are many programs
assisting the physically, mentally, and
developmentally disabled, blacks are dominant in
the entertainment industry, and there are more
humane ways of abandoning a domesticated animal
than taking it out into a field and shooting it.
But 65 years ago, such events would be unheard of.
Bibliography: Steinbeck, John. 1937. Of Mice and
Men. New York: Penguin Books..

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