The REAL definition of the word RETARDED: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.
In our society today, the word ‘Retarded’ has become socially acceptable. We hear it at school, social gatherings, work environments, we use it in private conversations, we use the word retarded to judge outfits, bad hair dos, road rage, life issues, and any other possible situation. People use it unknowingly without thinking about the proper definition, and how it may actually affect people with special disabilities, and people who have to live with it in their everyday life.
My brother is smart, for example; smarter than me sometimes; i ask him how to spell words when i can’t. Funny; he can make anybody laugh on the worst possible day of their life. Caring; he’s always there for ANYBODY when their hurt, or just straight up sad. He can read, like anybody else in his class! He likes to build Lego, like the big 1000 piece ones, just like every other guy! He likes to dance, sing, socialize, he’s cute!! Well guess what, he’s ‘retarded’.
Do you know how much it hurts? When my brother goes to school or any public place where people are throwing that word around. He knows what it means, but he’s helpless when he hears it. It doesn’t only affect him; it affects the family as well. A LOT.
In the novel Of Mice And Men, this theme relates to how George treats Lenny. George really underestimated him, didn’t let him do much, and was telling him that he’s stupid and not good for anything except work. When really, Lenny was so much more then that but couldn’t show it. They labeled him ‘retarded’ and that was it. It really showed how because he had a mental disability that he was totally different. When in reality he can be just like everybody else if you let him, help him, guide him, and show him how to act, be a role model!
Society has been like that for a long time, since before the novel until now! It’s only going to get worse. It needs to change, it needs to stop. People need to look around and think before they talk because words can hurt. We sound ridiculous saying it, but it’s become so common people don’t care and it’s wrong.