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A study of relationship and comparison of 'Giants'.

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KELLY LAM ENGLISH COURSE WORK: A STUDY OF RELATIONSHIP AND COMPARISON OF ' GIANTS ' The two characters that I will explore are 'Lennie Small' in the story 'Of Mice and Men', by John Steinbeck, and 'Lemuel Gulliver' in the story 'Gulliver's Travels' , by Jonathan Swift. There are differences and similarities between the characters. A major similarity between these two characters is that they are both considered as 'giants'. Lennie is physically strong and large in comparison to the other characters in the story.However, he is not actually a 'giant', unlike Gulliver, where the Lilliputians appear to be "only fifteen centimetres tall" to him. Lennie is a 'gentle giant', who is not cruel, although he is extremely strong. He is portrayed as a strong person,and his mentality is like a child. He is trapped inside a 'giant's body', and unaware of his own strength. Lennie lacks the ability to control is strength, which leads him to his tragic death. His brutal actions are never intentional, which is noticed by Slim: " I can see Lennie ain't a bit mean." On the other hand, Gulliver understands his morals.He is educated and has become a doctor. In contrast to Lennie who is a labourer. Gulliver is able to control his strength, and is very careful when he is walking on the streets of Lilliput to not damage anything and not to step on the Lilliputians. ...read more.


Yet Lennie has always been loyal to George. Like George, Gulliver also has loyal friends, who informs him of the danger that he is in and that Gulliver must escape. However, during the journey Gulliver is able to make new friends unlike Lennie. Gulliver is more sociable and can interact with other people. In the beginning and end of the story, George and Lennie both remind themselves of their special friendship: "I got you"... "An' I got you" The true friendship from George is then shown at the end, where he shots Lennie to spare him more suffering. When George shot Lennie he makes sure that Lennie dies with dignity and with the least pain. Despite the major theme of friendship, hatred and jealousy also appears in both novels. In 'Gulliver's Travels', some of the King's officials becomes jealous of Gulliver and wants to have him killed. Lennie also wants to be hurt and killed by Curley, who seems to be jealous of Lennie's strength and size. Steinbeck draws attention to the unusual friendship between George and Lennie mainly by the other comments given by the other characters. Once they reached to the ranch the boss gets suspicious of George as he has never seen " one guy take so much trouble for another guy" (page 23). He suspects that George must be exploiting Lennie by taking his wages.Crooks who experiences racial prejudice is so envious of their friendship , that out of spite he tells Lennie the tales of George leaving him. ...read more.


"...two political groups, the High - Heels and the Low - Heels." "The two group hated each other, and a High- Heel will refuse to speak to a Low- Heel." This is how Swift presents this idea and feels that it is wrong. Loneliness plays a major theme in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'. Loneliness for migrant workers is common in the ranch, which is another reason why Lennie and George travel together. They needed companionship to fight against insecurity and loneliness: "Guys like us are, the loneliness guys in the world." Steinbeck reinforces the theme of loneliness by George often playing the solo game card , solitaire(patience), foreshadowing how lonely he will be in the near future. Also the name of a near by town and Crooks' birth place is called 'Soledad', meaning 'lonely' in Spanish. However, the lonely theme in 'Gulliver's Travels' is not the main theme. Even though there are many Lilliputians, there is a sense of loneliness in Gulliver as he feels that he is an 'outsider' and that he is far away from his world. Lennie has a lack of understanding of morals. The is shown when he kills Curley's wife and is more corncern with what George will say and whether he will still be able to tend the rabbits than realising he has killed the woman. In comparison, Gulliver knows his morals. This is evident when the king tells him to "steal all the ememy's ships", Gulliver refuses as he finds it wrong to take away the freedom of someone's else. ...read more.

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