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

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

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. Crooks essay

    Crooks puts all of these things on a "special shelf" to show that they are important to him. The condition of his skin suggest that he is aged "deep black wrinkles" There's a contrast between his youthful eyes with the rest of his face.

  2. Of Mice and Men

    George says that Candy has to tell the rest of the men about it and George will pretend like he doesn't know what's going on, so that Curley won't think George was involved. Candy agrees and George leaves, and Candy hopelessly sheds tears of anguish over Curley's dead wife, whom he blames for all that happened.

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

    He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs" (74). Crooks is bitter, indignant, angry, and ultimately frustrated by his helplessness as a black man in a racist culture. Wise and observant, Crooks listens to Lennie's talk of the dream of the farm with cynicism.

  2. In this assignment I will explain why the main characters in Willy Russell's "Blood ...

    Speaking of George, the rabbit tells Lennie: "Well, he's sick of you. He's gonna beat hell outa you an' then go away an' leave you" (112). Lennie is terrified by the rabbit's prophecy and covers his ears and cries out George's name.

  1. "The Country of the Blind' and 'Of Mice and Men' are very different stories, ...

    The assonance in phrases such as 'deep and green' also adds to the calming effect presented in the novel. Whereas the use of sibilance in 'The Country of the Blind' creates harsh, violent effects with phrases like 'land-slips and swift thawing and sudden floods'.

  2. Consider Thomas Hardy's story "The Withered Arm" and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" ...

    Lennie and George treat each other, as they were family because they have been together for a very long time. "Because I got you an'___ An' I got you. We got each other, that's what, that gives a hot in hell about us'."

  1. Of Mice and Men English language

    In Britain the law was only set up for the landowners, if you wasn't a landowner then you didn't count. So 4th July 1776, the American colonies set up a universal declaration of independence. Here is an extract from it.

  2. Of Mice and Men Essay

    These days such mentally challenged people would have being put in care centre but as it is great depression period there is no such place so he has to work. Lennie didn't feel alienated until Crook tried to put Lennie in his shoes and made him realise how it feels when you are left alone, which basically worked.

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