Of Mice and Men Banned or Not?

Ruth Fernandes

Background on Of Mice and Men

The book has been challenged since 1962 mainly due to the promotion of euthanasia, racial slurs, being anti- business, and containing offensive language. According to the American Library Association, although the book was found to be offensive over the years, it remains a constant within the american literature curriculum in high schools along with other of the authors books such as The Pearl and the Grapes of Wrath.


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Friendship and Loneliness

Themes like friendship and loneliness were used throughout the novella. George and Lennie’s relationship in the novella the best examples of friendship. “Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy.” (25) That is what The Boss said on the friendship of George and Lennie. There are also many times in this novella that characters are very lonely. "S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody-to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick" (80). That was Crook describing a black man’s loneliness.

Another Opinion

Teen inc also believes that this novella should not be banned. “Regardless of what anybody thinks or has to say about this book, we can all agree that this book teaches important lessons about friendship, shows determination to follow our dreams, and helps us get a true understanding of what history was truly like back in the 1930’s....should not be banned in any local school or library, but instead be taught and understood by society today.” (Jmonkey1080-TeenInk.com)

Jmonkey1080. "Should Of Mice and Men Be Banned Worldwide?" Teen Ink. Teen Ink, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.

Having Students Read Of Mice and Men

This novella is a part of history and should not be banned. No matter how harsh history is, it did once happen, and should teach people to never repeat it. Schools should not ban this book, but should have their students read it.