" Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. " This quote is from the late Maya Angelou, who was a poet and civil rights activist. Throughout history and literature, this quote proves to be true. A great example is John Steinbeck ' s novel, Of Mice and Men, that focuses in on two men who struggle to keep a job in the Great Depression. The times are one reason why they struggle to keep a job, but the other reason is that one of the men, Lennie, is mentally disabled. Due to the ignorance of mental disorders and the lack of acceptance of the times, Lennie faces harsh discrimination and, in the end, is the cause of his untimely death. Also, prejudice is also projected onto a black farmhand named Crooks, which again results in major conflicts in the novel. Finally, the gender inequality also proves to be quite prevalent when the reader observes the only prominent woman in the novel, Curley ' s wife, receive unjust treatment. In John Steinbeck ' s, Of Mice and Men, prejudice proves to be quite prominent and ultimately proves to be the source of the novel ' s major conflicts. Firstly, Lennie is one character who faces prejudice in the novel due to his mental disability and ultimately results in his untimely death. " You jus' stand there and don't say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we're set " (Steinbeck, 6). This shows the prejudice that was shown towards mentally disabled people at the time, as it is common knowledge that employers will not hire you if you are a " crazy bastard " , or mentally disabled. " If we could keep Curley in, we might. But Curley ' s gonna want to shoot ‘ im. Curley ' s still mad about his hand. An ' s ' pose they lock him up an ' strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain ' t no good, George " (Steinbeck, 98). This quote shows that Curley does not care if Lennie meant to hurt his wife, he still wants to kill him. This leads to George killing Lennie before Curely gets there, one of the major conflicts in the story. Lennie is discriminated against because of his mental disabilities, while others are based on their skin. In addition, Crooks, a black farmhand is severely mistreated and faces a lot of prejudice due to the colour of his skin, and as result, results in the novel ' s major conflicts. "… You go on get outta my room. I ain ' t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain ' t wanted in my room " (Steinbeck, 68). "‘ Listen, Nigger, ' she said. ‘ You know what I can do to you if you open your trap? '" (Steinbeck, 80). These two quotes are examples of the prejudice directed towards Crooks because he is black. He says that he is not wanted and is threatened to be lynch mobbed when he challenges authority, clearly showing his second class citizenship. Crooks feels secluded and this is the reason he got very angry at Lennie for trying to talk to him. Hence, discrimination is evident towards black people, in particular, Crooks and this ulitmately leads to conflict in the novel . Lastly, Curley ' s wife also faces prejudice due to her gender and this causes many of the conflicts in the novel. " ‘ I get lonely, ' she said. ‘ You can talk to people, but I can ' t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How ' d you like not to talk to anybody? ' " (Steinbeck, 86). " ‘ Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time? '" (Steinbeck, 88). These quotes symbolize discrimination because it shows the power men have over women. Curley does not allow his wife to speak to anyone else which causes