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Consider Thomas Hardy's story "The Withered Arm" and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" - Examine how the authors portray the theme of isolations.

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Consider Thomas Hardy's story "The Withered Arm" and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." Examine how the authors portray the theme of isolations. In the dictionary the word Isolation means to be separate or a part from others. I think if someone is isolated then it would be a negative aspect because they are alone and have nothing to do with anyone else. The reason for the various isolations in the two texts differs because of the different time periods they were set in. In the two books I am comparing is the "Withered Arm" by Thomas Hardy and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. I feel that in both texts there are a few characters with their lives or they had illegitimate children. The text "Of mice and Men" was written in the 1930's the time period of the depression. In the most of John Steinbeck's books he describes the life of people working on the land and that his characters are all often poor. This was because he wanted to show how real the life was during that time. Within his books men and women rarely understood each other because of the lack of communication. ...read more.

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George needed Lennie because he wanted someone who would listen to him and not say anything. Lennie need George's because he is not able to handle himself and also George promised Lennie's aunt that he would look after him. Thomas Hardy describes Rhodes Brooks house as it old and worn " It was built of mud walls, the surface of which had been washed by many rains...left none of the original flat face visible...here and there in the thatch above a rafter showed like a bone protruding through the skin." This suggests that Rhode did not a great house and that it was old just like her. The quote also indicates that the house had been through some hard times. In the text "Of Mice and Men" John Steinbeck writes about one female character that is known as Curley's wife. As the reader I feel sympathy for her, as she is the only woman on the ranch. She is also isolated because her husband does not like her talking to any of the other workers, and also her own husband hardly speaks to her. The author has not given her a name because during that time period women were not as important as men, furthermore she is so isolated that the author decided on not given her a name. ...read more.

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Gertrude isolated because one night Rhode cast a spell on her arm. In both texts Gertrude and Candy are alike because of their arms. They are not as isolated as Crooks or Rhode, since they only have a small isolation problem, unlike the rest. In the beginning of the text " Withered Arm" Farmer Lodge is presented as being bold and proud. He is proud as he has a new wife Gertrude, who is a lot younger than him and plus she is very beautiful. Gertrude starts to get a problem in one of her arms, as time passes her arm gets worse, therefore Farmer Lodge feels as she is not as pretty as before. This makes Farmer Lodge change. He also feels depressed since his son is hung and this changes him. The reason for him to isolate himself is that all these problems are occurring around him and he feels that it is his fault. So he moves away from his farm. In conclusion I consider that isolation is a negative aspect in someone's life. I think that when people are isolated dreaming keeps them from getting trough. Like for instance Lennie and George's dream to open up a farm or their own and Rhode's dream to get back with Farmer Lodge. ...read more.

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