• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Compare the Ways in which John Steinbeck and Thomas Hardy Explore the Theme of ...

    It is late evening and they both spend the night by the Salinas River before continuing on to their new place of work the next morning. It is here that we first discover some of the main personality differences, and conflicts, between the two characters, and learn of their aspirations and their future.

  2. Of Mice and Men

    He eagerly clutches at the idea of buying a farm with George and Lennie, but of course this all comes to nothing. Candy's disappointment is expressed in the bitter words he utters to the body of Curley's wife, whom he blames for spoiling his dream.

  1. Why I think Candy was added by John Steinbeck to his book

    cannot classify there writing in a novel under one theme-lonliness John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men conveys the impression, that it is a novel of protest. The character Candy suffers from discrimination because of his age and his disability.

  2. How does the author John Steinbeck portray loneliness and isolation in the novel "Of ...

    This is highlighted in his final minutes when he is talking to himself, the rabbit, and his Aunt Clara. This also confirms how much he had come to rely on George and as George wasn't there was speaking to himself through other people in his mind, making it look as

  1. Of Mice and Men

    . You never give a thought to George. He been doin' nice things for you all time" (111). Lennie miserably agrees with the voice of his own conscience and says he will go away into the hills, but Aunt Clara says that he will just "stick around an' stew the b'Jesus outa George all the time" (111).

  2. How doe John Steinbeck portray racism in 'Of Mice And Men'

    That all men are created equally, and no one differs from each other. The black people have to give up their seats if a white person comes on to the bus and there is no space left. Also black people were not allowed to shop in the same place as white people.

  1. Comparing of mice and men with the withered arm.

    Lenny was incredibly simple minded and forgetful, much like a young child. He only remembered what he wanted to remember which in his case was "tending the rabbits" and live with George on their own piece of land. When we are first introduced to George and Lenny's dream it is

  2. For which character do we most feel sorry for in the story of Mice ...

    However some people may also argue that the itinerant workers are the lucky ones. As I mentioned earlier the 1930's are a time of great depression and unemployment, a lot of people may not be able to work or simply cannot find work and would still have to support a

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work