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In this essay, I am going to be comparing the two stories 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinback and 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy. I will write about the similarities and the not so similar parts of the stories.

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'Of Mice and Men' & 'The Withered Arm' In this essay, I am going to be comparing the two stories 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinback and 'The Withered Arm' by Thomas Hardy. I will write about the similarities and the not so similar parts of the stories. 'Of Mice and Men' is a story about two ranch workers, George, and Lennie. The story tells us about what happens to them when they get together with other ranchmen at the place where they sleep called the Bunkhouse. It is also about people's lives at a certain point in time and how the times they lived in had an effect on their dreams, hopes, and attitudes. The author of the book, John Steinback once worked on a ranch so he was aware about the conditions people had to work in. He was also aware of the unemployment and the great depression, which took place in the 1930's in America. The author of the book, John Steinback was born in Salinas, California, 1902. His father was a local government official and his mother was a schoolteacher. His first articles were published for the school magazine. ...read more.

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In 1888 many, many years ago when The Withered Arm was written, the farmers were rich and very important people, but the men who worked for them were much poorer. This is a story of one very rich farmer 'Farmer Lodge' and a poor milkmaid 'Rhoda Brook' that had an affair but could not marry. He was rich and she was poor so they are not allowed to marry. The poor milkmaid, Rhoda Brook had his son but he did not want anything to do with him. Twelve years later the news came, that farmer Lodge had got married to a woman called Gertrude lodge. Rhoda felt as though this woman was a wicked witch. One night Rhoda Brook went to bed where she had a bad dream. She dreamt about Gertrude trying to grab her and put her arm over her. Rhoda pushed her away roughly. The next day Gertrude came, she had a withered arm. She tried every way to cure it until a man told her to put it over a hanged mans neck so she did that but at that point, Rhoda and farmer Lodge came into the building. Farmer Lodge pushed Gertrude away from the body and later that day she died. ...read more.

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In of 'mice and men' the tension begins when we learn that Lennie run out of weed on the suspicion of rape. This builds up when he meets Curley and eventually crushes his hand. The tension reaches its high when he kills Curleys wife and the final score when George kills Lennie is in fact quite calm. 'The Withered Arm' is concerned with the supernatural starting with Rhoda's dream and ending with the idea of touching a dead body could turn the blood and change the constitution of the arm. It is also to do with mans treatment of women. Farmer Lodge's rejection of Rhoda after she had his son and the rejection of his wife after she became disfigured. 'Of Mice and Men' is also to do with rejection. The rejection of Lennie because he is retarded, Crooks and Candy because they are physically injured and Curleys wife because she is the only woman in a mans world. In comparing the two stories, I personally prefer 'Of Mice and Men' because it is a lot more exiting and interesting than 'The Withered Arm'. The story is a lot mere attracting than 'The Withered arm'. In my opinion, 'The Withered Arm' is too boring and old. Simon Casey ...read more.

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