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A Comparison Between Charlotte Bront's 'Jane Eyre' and John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men' looking closely at the themes of Friendship, Loyalty and Integrity

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GCSE English Coursework: Wide Reading Assignment A Comparison Between Charlotte Bront�'s 'Jane Eyre' and John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men' looking closely at the themes of Friendship, Loyalty and Integrity I have recently read Charlotte Bront�s 'Jane Eyre' and John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men' novels. They are both clearly different novels. First are both set in different time spans, the settings are different, Jane Eyre was set in rural Victorian England countryside, in comparison, Of Mice And Men was set in the Agricultural side of the U.S.A. Finally both genders of each novel are the same i.e. Charlotte Bront� and Jane Eyre to John Steinbeck and George Milton and Lennie Small. I will be looking closely at the three themes and similarities between the two novels; these are Friendship, Loyalty and Integrity. I shall also be looking in detail at the differences between the two novels. Both these novels have many differences, The first main difference is the time and settings between the two novels, first of all Jane Eyre was set in 1847 in the rural Victorian countryside placed in England during the nineteenth century. ...read more.


In this case we are able to view Lennie's childish ways during the novel, John Steinbeck has done this really well so that we can get an account of every characters life and personality. The disadvantage in this novel is that we our not able to get the detail out of the main characters and all the other characters. 'Jesus Christ,' George said resignedly. 'Well-look, we're gonna work on a ranch like the one we come from up north.' Charlotte Bront�s 'Jane Eyre' and John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice And Men' are both clearly different novels, however from reading these two novels, I have observed three main similarities these are friendship, loyalty and integrity. The characters, which were met during the two novels, stood up for each other and themselves. They are loyal to one-another and also there ideas and what they believe in life that was right to them. This can lead them into trouble, which then can lead into hard decisions for them to take and whom it may involve. ...read more.


Another example of great friendship, which they both shared together, was with Miss Temple when she took Jane and Helen up to her lodgings. She gave them tea and toast. "But you two are my visitors to-night; I must treat you as such." She rang her bell. "Barbara" she said to the servant who answered it, "I have not yet had tea; bring the tray, and place cups for these two young ladies". And a tray was soon brought. "How pretty, to my eyes, did the china cups and bright the teapot look, placed or the little round table near the fire. How fragrant was the steam of the beverage, and the scent of the toast". So now Jane had two great friends, Helen Burns and Miss Temple, this showed the true friendship, which all three shared. Jane is also a good friend towards Helen, when Helen was told off and then hit on the neck by the rod; she then later had to stand up in the class. Jane stood by her; this showed the loyalty that she gave to Helen. They both stayed faithful towards one another. In comparison John Steinbecks 'Of Mice and Men' also showed loyalty when ...read more.

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