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How are Lenny, and Gulliver presented as outsiders in the two texts?

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GCSE John Steinbeck

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How are Lenny, and Gulliver presented as outsiders in the two texts?

Gulliver's Travels, and Of Mice and Men are two stories with similar problems, but of two completely different circumstances.

Gulliver's Travels is about a doctor who goes on a sailing voyage and ends up lost for eight years, in this time he endures unusual and strange experiences and encounters many different civilisations along the way, none of which were familiar, or that he understood.

Where as, Of Mice and Men is about two men, one of which is mentally retarded the other is of average ability and knowledge. The story tells us about the problems they incur due to the mentally retarded one, Lennie and his inability to control his strength. Being rather large, and heavy-handed, he gets the two men into a bit of trouble with a couple of accidental deaths along the way.

Both stories touch on the requirements for someone to fit in with society, size played a major part in both stories, as this was used to emphasise the difference between the character and their surroundings, whether people or the actual civilisations

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