Provide justification for Steinbeck’s use of the prejudicial theme
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Lennie is mentally challenged. During this period, his condition was not understood. Labels like retarded weren't even used. Lennie was basically referred to as "stupid" or "crazy". More charitable references involved the referencing him with the intelligence of a child.
By "mentalism," do you mean Lennie's mental slowness?
Yes, I mean his mental slowness.