Comparing The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Comparing The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck's novels The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men share many common themes such as dependancy, survival and unity. Although subtle, the most intriguing link between these two novels is Steinbecks infatuation with the human soul. He delves deep into the human heart and pulls forth very strong emotions such as devotion, compassion and sympathy. These feelings are what propel Steinbecks novels forward. It is through the microcosmic relationship of George and Lennie, in Of Mice and Men, and the social macrocosm of the migrants, in The Grapes of Wrath , that Steinbeck illustrates the limitless reaches one would go for his fellow man once a bond
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And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof. (mice, pg.14)

Little by little George gave up everything that mattered to him to ensure the safety and happiness of Lennie. George exposed himself and acted as a shield to protect him. "You do bad things and I got to get you out. You crazy son-of-a- bitch. You keep me in hot water all the time." (mice, pg.11) When George kills Lennie in the conclusion of Of Mice and Men, he also loses a part of himself. He ended Lennie's life to protect him from the miserable life he was about to face. To kill Lennie was in the best interest of both George and Lennie: "He ain't no good to you. An' he ain't no good to himself." (mice, pg.44) Pulling the trigger on his companion, his best friend, his other half, was the greatest gift George could ever give him. He made sure that his last thoughts were blissful ones: "Look down there across the river, like you can almost see the place {their dream}". (mice, pg.106) Because of the powerful bond between George and Lennie, George was driven to surpass the limits of friendship. "I believe everything you do bad comes back to you. So everything that I do that's bad, I'm going to suffer for it. But in my heart, I believe what i'm doing is right. So I feel like i'm going to heaven. (Tupac Amur

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