Reading Of Mice and Men - Is Lennie Autistic?

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09 Apr 2009, 4:10 pm

Yes. Most "mentaly retarded" people are actualy in fact Low functning autistic.


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12 Apr 2009, 12:44 am

PunkyKat wrote:
Yes. Most "mentaly retarded" people are actualy in fact Low functning autistic.


can you quote your sources for this?
It would be interesting to read what research is behind such a statement.

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12 Apr 2009, 1:00 am

sinsboldly wrote:
PunkyKat wrote:
Yes. Most "mentaly retarded" people are actualy in fact Low functning autistic.


can you quote your sources for this?
It would be interesting to read what research is behind such a statement.

well, considering the quotation marks used in the term 'mentally retarded' from PunkyKat's quote, I would think that she would have ment that few people confuse LFA with mental retardation, which that would be my interpretation of it, and well, it would be very hard to argue that such people, who confuse them, don't exist. Heck!, the issue of wether the character of Lennie is autistic or retarded seems to support her point.


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14 Nov 2011, 5:59 am

"There's no reason why Lennie couldn't be both autistic and mildly mentally retarded."
Mildly Mentally Retarded? How was his MR mild? He simply wan unable to learn even simple consepts; that's not mild. I'd say he's pretty moderate/severe; actually.



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17 Feb 2012, 5:54 am

[quote="PunkyKat"]Yes. Most "mentaly retarded" people are actualy in fact Low functning autistic.[/quote]
No there not! Some are, but not most. You could arguably say that most LFA people are MR but not the other way round.



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17 Feb 2012, 5:57 am

"i think he is mentally retarded he seems worse than an autistic."
MR isn't nessesarely worse than autism. Both conditions come in different levels. Someone wiuth severe autism would likely be worse than someone with mild Intelectual Disability.



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17 Feb 2012, 1:57 pm

I've read that book and I think he's mentally retarded, not autistic.



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22 Feb 2012, 5:06 pm

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I've read the book I don't think he is, he's just a bit slow.
Also on the film Lennie is portrayed as being retarded.
I can see where you're coming from though.


This.

Although I found the end to be quite sad.


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24 Feb 2012, 12:15 pm

Despite attempts to say otherwise, straight up mental retardation isn't autism. You might say speech is retarded in some autistics, but generally their brains are of a different structure rather than lacking in mass and total number of connections.



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21 Aug 2012, 1:26 pm

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My dad's renting the DVD of this for next weekend...I guess I'll comment then.

As mentioned above, I believe the movie's quite different than the book.


there's actually two films


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21 Aug 2012, 4:00 pm

Yeah, I see why you think that specially with the sensory stuff but I think Lennie has some sort of mental/learning disability. There're also references to him getting kicked on the head as well so yeah.



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26 Aug 2012, 2:27 pm

I personally just think he's mentally handicapped (mentally retarded.)



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27 Aug 2012, 1:25 pm

ProfumoAffair wrote:
Despite attempts to say otherwise, straight up mental retardation isn't autism. You might say speech is retarded in some autistics, but generally their brains are of a different structure rather than lacking in mass and total number of connections.


Cognitive disability and Autism *can* go together, but they don't always do so.

At any rate, John Steinbeck wasn't a psychologist even by the standards of the time, but Lenny was based off of a real person. Obviously it's impossible to know what mental disabilities he may have struggled with now, though.