International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Hero as a Victim of Bullying and Mobbing: A Critical Analysis of John Steinbeck’s of Mice and Men
Maysam Bahaa Saleh

Bullying and mobbing are growing problems that need to be addressed at home and in the classroom. This is where literature can build a door in the wall. By experiencing problems of fictional characters, the readers, kids and adults, are better able to understand the consequences of their own actions and look for positive ways to change. The study will try to elucidate Steinbeck?s depiction of the theme of victimization represented by bullying and mobbing the main character, Lennie, in Of Mice and Men.The current study will adapt Olweus? bullying circle to find out how Lennie has been victimized and the role of others in this victimization. Besides, one will shed light on the effects of bullying and mobbing on the hero?s personality. It is expected to find out that the heromay develop anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, and may suffer permanent physical or emotional damage.

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