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Comparing Of Mice and Men & The Pearl.

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Essay-Comparing Of Mice and Men & The Pearl In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting two novels, "Of Mice and Men" and "The Pearl", both by the American author John Steinbeck. I also will be considering how Steinbeck has interwoven the social and political concerns of that time. John Ernst Steinbeck was born on February 27th 1902 in Salinas, California. He was educated at Stanford University and graduated from there in 1919. He went on to study English, but later left without a degree. In the years that followed on Steinbeck had many jobs, varying from newspaper work to an itinerant ranch-hand. Steinbeck later became an author and wanted to see the effect of the depression that took place in 1929 on normal people. He had seen for himself and visited refugee camps and his work emphasizes the gap between upper and lower class people and shows us how they are treated. Steinbeck wanted mainly to write about the hardship and difficulties that millions of Americans were facing. During the 1920s there was a boom time in America when people made huge fortunes and people were going from "rags to riches". Anyone could become rich and so ordinary people bought shares. As you can see from the examples given below, shares rose dramatically due to the vast improvement in technology. Company 3.3.28 3.9.29 American Car $77 $182 Radio $94 $505 General Electric $129 $396 Soon in October 1929 an economic "depression" began and poverty swept the entire United States. There was no employment money and no support for those who were jobless. ...read more.

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The only time he mixes with the other men is when he plays the horseshoe game, which he always wins. "Darker'n hell in here", he said. "Jesus, how that nigger can pitch shoes". "Why ain't you wanted?" Lennie asked. "Cause I'm black. They play cards in there, but I can't play because I'm black. They say I stink". After speaking to Lennie, Crook's new found confidence and self-respect encourage and influence him to counter the intrusion of Curley's wife, but he is humilated by her vicious threats and racist remarks. "She turned to him in scorn. "Listen, Nigger...You know what I could do if you open your trap?"..."Well you keep your place, then Nigger. I could get you strung up to a tree so easy it ain't even funny". Again, in "The Pearl", Kino and his family are treated unkindly and with disrespect by the people who are "higher" than them and feel superior, e.g. the doctor, the priest etc. When Coyotito falls ill after being stung by a scorpion, Kino and Juana make their way into town "where the brush houses stopped and the city of stone and plaster began", seeking helpfrom "the fat, lazy doctor". The doctor who is having a rich, lavish breakfast when Kino shows up with his wife and child instantly shows off his superiority, "the doctor put his cup down gently before he let his anger rise. "Have I nothing better to do than cure insect bites for "little Indians"? I am a doctor, not a veterinary". Here, this quote tells us that the doctor thinks Kino, Juana and Coyotito are "litttle Indiand", a racist remark and also "animals" as he says he is a doctor, not a vet. ...read more.

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They don't make the decisions together and Juana's ends up listening to Kino's orders to run away. "I am afraid. A man can be killed. Let us throw the pearl back into the sea." "Hush", he said fiercely". "She knew there was muder in him". George looks after Lennie partly out of pity, partly out of affection and partly for companionship. In many ways I think that George and Lennie are one person- half weak, half strong. Lennie you could say is George's "shadow". The way he copies his dress style. "Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly". George knows how Lennie behaves and does on odd occassions mistreat him. "George looked quickly and searchingly at him. "I been mean, ain't I? "No you stay with me. Your Aunt Clara wouldn't like you running off by yourself even if she is dead". Juana and Kino are a very strong couple, they work together in raising their baby son and make their decisions together. She is a very good wife and listens to her husband with awareness, although he does have a short temper and has struck her before. He hits herin the book when she trys to throw the pearl awayand doesn't let her do it although he does still love her, but only wants the best for his family. She does forgive him and agrees to runaway from town with him. The books stand together in trying to teach us that dreams cannot always come true so you shouldn't rely on them and get carried away or obessed with them. Although this doesn't happen in the stories, this is the message that comes out of the books. They are similar because both dreams end in tragedy. Payal Patel ...read more.

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