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Both ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Of mice and men’ are concerned with the themes of loneliness and dependency. Compare the way Mary Shelly and John Steinbeck write about these human conditions.

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Both 'Frankenstein' and 'Of mice and men' are concerned with the themes of loneliness and dependency. Compare the way Mary Shelly and John Steinbeck write about these human conditions. In this essay I will discuss and compare the similar themes of loneliness, isolation and dependency in 'of mice and men' and 'Frankenstein'. Victor Frankenstein is the main protagonist character in the book 'Frankenstein'. He is a scientist who challenges common science. He lives in a big family mansion in Geneva with all of his family. At first Frankenstein's relationship with his family and friends is really close. When he moves to the university in Igolstadt he writes frequent letters to his family and Elizabeth. Frankenstein has an obsession with a desire to create life. He gets this uncontrollable desire from the unfortunate loss of his mother during the birth of his brother William. Frankenstein studied professor Waldman's research on darker science and when the professor died it gave him the final push towards creating life. Frankenstein thought he owed it to the professor to finish his research. The research was time consuming this made his letters less frequent and shorter. Elizabeth felt isolated because of this and this made Frankenstein lonely as well. Captain Walton is the first narrator of the book. We learn the story of Frankenstein's monster through his letters to his sister. ...read more.

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I was jus' foolin', Lennie. 'cause I want you to stay with me.". Lennie likes to pet soft things he gets in trouble because of this. Lennie is very lonely because he can't do what the other men do due to him being mentally challenged and irrational. You can see he is lonely from what he does in this quote " Ever'body went into town," he said "Slim an' George an' ever'body. George say I gotta stay hear an' not get in no trouble. I see your light.". This shows that he is lonely and is searching for a friend because he has been left out. This also illustrates that Lennie is an outcast. Crooks is a black busted back stable buck. He is called crooks due to having a crooked spine where a horse kicked him. Crooks is lonely and isolated from the rest of the workers, he has to sleep in his own place in the stables because he is black and in the time of the book there was a lot of racism and it was accepted that blacks were inferior to the whites. He is bitter and angry due to the way he is treated, it's a defence mechanism to try and stop him from getting hurt however when Lennie is left alone and he goes in to Crooks room he doesn't judge him by his ethnicity still Crooks acts bitter because he doesn't trust that a white man can be his friend this parallels with Frankenstein. ...read more.

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She married a violent man who she didn't love. She imagined her life to be full of glamour, fame and stardom. In the book Lennie and Curley's are in the barn. Curley's wife is flirting with Lennie. Lennie starts stroking her hair softly then he got harder and harder until Curley's wife screams. Lennie panics, covers her mouth and shakes until she was dead. A similar thing happens in the book Frankenstein, the monster tries to be friends with William however William panics and the monster accidentally kills him. The structure and style of both texts are very different. Mary shelly told the story of Frankenstein through letters that captain Walton wrote to his sister and at the end of the book we hear the monster's side to the story. The style of Frankenstein is gothic horror. It is dark, gory and intense. Steinbeck's is written in a more traditional structure in the third person. It is an emotional drama. Steinbeck uses description of scenery and animals to build characters however Mary shelly focuses on developing characters. In conclusion I believe that both books illustrate loneliness and dependency very well however I prefer the story of Frankenstein more than Of mice and men because Frankenstein is more surreal and is gory which I like. Of mice and men is realistic and quite boring. I think the fact that they are very different types of books that were written at very different times and still have the same themes is quite interesting. ...read more.

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