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

Critical evaluation - John Steinbeck-Of Mice and Men and Robert Ludlum-The Bourne Identity.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

CRITICAL EVALUATION John Steinbeck-Of Mice and Men Robert Ludlum-The Bourne Identity Through the history of man; mathematicians, philosophers, teachers, and scientists have molded and shaped our world. These men and women, young and old, are responsible for the continually growing knowledge in today's youth. Upon studying the most influential educators, it was proven that writers and authors sustain every element of the society we live; love, passion, romance, adventure, drama, science fiction, and non-fiction. All of these categories exist for only one purpose, to entertain the minds who absorb the material. Entertaining authors make an exceptional story and none other than Robert Ludlum and John Steinbeck accomplish this feat better. In order to further understand these authors thirst to provide edge-of-the-seat entertainment, their past and present must be explored. Although these authors lived in two diverse locations, their driving desire for knowledge appears the same. Ludlum and Steinbeck attended college after high school, majoring in English. After graduating from Salinas High School in 1919, Steinbeck attended Stanford University from 1920-1925. Two years after Steinbeck left to pursue his writing career in New York, Robert Ludlum was born on May 25, 1927. ...read more.

Middle

His instincts and intelligence help guide him. The quote: "You are not helpless. You will find your way." 3 is repeated on several occasions, which foreshadows success on Jason's behalf. Jason's rhetorical behavior when faced with stressful and difficult situations ends in same violent manner. "Bourne grabbed the Frenchman in front of him now, his left arm around the man's throat, his right hand tearing at the man's left ear." 4 Without thinking, Jason reacts to the situation with poise and precision. Jason's rhetorical skills evoke his memory enough to enable him to think and act on his own to avoid death or capture. "Whenever you observe a stress-and you have the time-do your damndest to project into it. Associate as freely as you can; let words and images fill your mind. In them you may find clues." 5 This quote is nearly repeated again, "Whenever you're in a stress situation-and there's time, of course-do exactly as you would when you project yourself into one you're observing. Let your mind fall free, let whatever thoughts and images that surface come cleanly. Try not to exercise any mental discipline. Be a sponge; concentrate on everything and nothing. Specifics may come to you, certain repressed conduits electricity prodded into functioning." ...read more.

Conclusion

There novels: The Bourne Identity and Of Mice and Men, respectively, have Robert Latta's praise. Woohoo, right? There are more positive, than negative, statements to be discussed. Particularly, Ludlum's story is far more intriguing than Steinbeck's. The plot and characters all are attention getters. The idea that a man with no memory has instincts that are above any normal man, and has answers to every question, except his name, is fascinating. The only downfall to Ludlum's work appears to be the length of his novel, five hundred some odd pages, that turns out to be a lot of reading time. Steinbeck's novel length; however, fits the taste well, only one hundred some pages. The 'olden story' in Steinbeck's novel, gets negative feedback because its entire plot stimulated nothing more than closing eye lids. Praising the literary device of repetition, this gave some indication that what was being read over again would prove useful in assembling a critical evaluation essay. The repetition also forces the information into your brain, meaning it holds significance. Moreover, the theme portrayed among these two novels had some relevance with our current lives, which also served another purpose to reading them Overall, the novels ended up balancing one another. A positive recommendation can be made for both these novels because something can be learned. ...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. The significance of Slim in 'Of Mice and Men' By John Steinbeck.

    a sense of 'majesty' about him, he was still included as one of the guys that worked at the ranch. When George and Lennie arrive together at the bunkhouse, people think it is strange for men to travel together. This shows that society is used to people travelling alone.

  2. Of Mice and Men

    But Candy and Lennie stubbornly assert that they have the money and that they're actually going to get a place. Crooks finally becomes convinced and, allured by the reality of the dream, asks for a share in it: "If you .

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

    it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. And these shelves were loaded with little articles, soap and talcum-powder, razors and those Western magazines..." The bunkhouses were small and cramped; there were over 5 people to a room.

  2. Of Mice and Men

    Soon after this, Candy and Lennie leave as well, and a downhearted Crooks withdraws his offer to lend his support when they buy their home. Chapter Five The next afternoon, Lennie is in the barn. All of the other men are outside playing a game of horseshoes, and Lennie's only company is his dead puppy.

  1. A breakdown of Steinbeck's 'Of mice and Men'.

    Before she leaves she notices the bruises on Lennie's face and realizes what really happened to Curley's hand. Crooks tries to make her leave, but she is undaunted, threatening to hang him if he acts up against her, at which Crooks retreats to his servile self.

  2. California - The Gold Rush.

    surface of the earth as plentiful as the mud in our streets. We look for an addition within the next four years equal to at least One Thousand Million of Dollars to the gold in circulation." By early 1849, gold fever was an epidemic.

  1. John Steinbeck

    After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time." Even though George complains about Lennie and even though Lennie always gets in trouble, George is happy to be with him because he knows what happens to ranch workers that have nobody. All the characters in the story are affected by loneliness.

  2. Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck

    The other workers soon return from the fields for lunch and George and Lennie meet Slim, the most popular worker on the farm. George and Slim have a short conversation in which Slim comments on the rarity of George and Lennie's friendship.

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