Dear Mr. Steinbeck,
Puzzled, surprised, and sad. These were my emotions throughout the book. I was surprised at the way people treated mentally disabled people in the 30's. I was deeply condoled because a man was killed who didn't know what was right and was wrong. He was curious and ended up dying. The world is a tough place and sadly people are cruel but do they need to be so cruel that they would kill a person for doing something wrong which he did not even know? That is why this book also puzzled me. All people have a brain, but all people's brains work differently and cannot always make the right decision. This is what happened to Lennie Small the mentally retarded person who died for making a wrong decision.
Of Mice and Men changed my life totally. One of the many things I now look at differently is disabled people. People who are disabled were and still are treated in places of the world as people who don't need to exist. Some people in today's world get angry at disabled people for the decisions they make or the actions they choose. I remember watching a clip where there was a retarded cashier. He couldn't do things as efficiently as the other cashiers and people badgered him and said mean things to him. People need to learn that people are who they are and they can't change that. So there is no point in trying to change them.
The other way that this has changed my life is that now I am much more thankful for everything I have and the person that I am. Reading Of Mice and Men made me feel sad for Lennie, but made me feel more thankful overall. I have always been thankful for what I have. My father's parents live in India and so one summer we went to visit them. I am lucky enough to have all these things like a PSP Go and iPod Touch but most of the kids over there have nothing. Whenever we went to sightsee, on the drive there we would see poor people picking up food off of the ground and eating it. They were begging for just clean water where as I would moan for not getting the newest electronic device. After that trip I realized how lucky I really was and started to become more thankful for everything that I had.
Another topic in the book which I feel has changed my life is the treatment of old people. In a way old people can relate to disabled people because they hit an age at which they can no longer help but rather need help. In the book Candy, who was an old man, was treated in a cruel manner. I remember a time in my life where I saw a person treat an old with man with disgust. I was at Sam's Club with my mom, helping her get groceries. We had finally finished getting all of the things we needed and went to the line. The cashier was an old man about sixty five or so. There was this woman who was apparently in a hurry and she started badgering the old man because he was taking to long to check all of the items out. After the women had left I remember saying to the man," It wasn't your fault what happened. Every single person in this store will hit an age at which they will not be able to do things that they were able to once do. Don't worry about it." I left on that note and we left the store.
The last thing which I learned Of Mice and Men is loneliness. In Of Mice and Men, Crooks and Curly's wife were lonely. They didn't really mix with the others on the farm and vice versa. I remember back in second grade, on the first day, I saw a few kids in my class who were in my class before, but none really my friends. And so I was feeling a little lonely. And there was this boy who was sitting next to me and he was known to the school. So I decided to talk to him and we actually didn't stop talking. The teacher had to ask us to stop talking. Since we didn't listen to her and kept talking she moved our desks back to back on the first day! Since we kept talking she kept moving our desks but we some how found a way to keep talking to each other. But the end of the day she had moved our desks back together because that way we wouldn't be disturbing others. But by talking to that boy who I didn't know we created a friendship and that boy is one of my best friends. Loneliness should not be judged as a problem in individuals but rather as a problem which can be resolved.
We should realize that every person is unique in their own way and that every person deserves respect no matter how they act, or what they look like, or the decision they make.