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Discuss the similarities between ‘ The Withered Arm’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

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Discuss the similarities between ' The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy and 'Of Mice and Men' by John Stienbeck When you first think about these novels you think they are different. This is set in the 19th Century and that Of Mice and Men is set in the 20th century. Also the main characters in The Withered Arm are women whereas Of Mice and Men the main characters are men. Another difference is that the Withered Arm is written by an American and Of Mice and Men is Written by and Englishman. But actually as you read the novels you will see that there are many similarities. For example both novels are short, also both novels have very strong plots for example they both end in tragedy. When you read on the stories you also see that they have similar themes for example, loneliness, tragedy and violence. Also both novels are set in a rural community. First of all I'm going to write about the setting. The Withered Arm is set in a rural area in a village called Holmstoke 'The road from Anglebury to Holmstoke is in general level'. The effect of the rural area gives the feeling of a small community and at that time people believed in witchcraft and in superstition. ...read more.

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The best examples are Crooks, Curley's wife and Candy. Crooks is lonely because he is black and all the other characters are prejudice against towards him 'Negro stable buck'. He sleeps in his own room segregated from the other characters. Also they do not let him play cards with them. However they let him play horseshoe. Another character who is lonely is Curley's wife. As like Crooks he is the only black man on the ranch. Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch. Curley's wife tries to avoid loneliness by reaching out to others and by flirting. She tries to seek Lennie's attention and in the end that results in her death. The men in the ranch ignore Curley's wife 'I get lonely, you can talk to anybody but I can't because Curley gets mad'. Due to the fact that most of the people are scared of Curley everyone ignores her. Another character who is lonely is Candy. He is very old and he cannot do much and he is crippled. The only real friend he has is his dog and the dog gets shot by Carlson, which makes him even lonelier. In The Withered Arm Rhoda Brook is very lonely. Rhoda Brook is stigmatised by the community because she broke the moral laws of society by having an affair with Farmer Lodge a person of different social group and she also has an illegitimate son due to the results of this affair. ...read more.

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And when it rains in the winter, we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof'. However when you compare it to The Withered Arm it isn't a nice dream or nightmare but it's more of an ambition. Also Curley's wife has an ambition/dream of becoming an actress 'Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes'. The last but not least main theme is Tragedy. In The Withered Arm it is tragic when Rhoda's son dies, as he had not done anything wrong 'The mere sight of the twain had been long enough to suggest to her that the dead young man was Rhoda's son'. Another tragic death was when Gertrude dies because it wasn't her fault 'Her delicate vitality, sapped perhaps by the paralysed arm, collapsed under the double shock that followed the severe strain...'. In different circumstances her friendship with Gertrude could have been different. In Of Mice and Men tragedy is addressed when George shoots Lennie 'And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger'. This is tragic because their friendship was very close. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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