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The two stories iam going to compare are " Of Mice and Men" written by John Steinbeck in 1937 and " The Ostler" written by Wilkie Collins in 1985.

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English coursework Linzi Jones 11s Like Lennie Isaac is an outsider less intelligent than other people. The two characters and how they are treated by other people The two stories iam going to compare are " Of Mice and Men" written by John Steinbeck in 1937 and " The Ostler" written by Wilkie Collins in 1985. Both Lennie and Isaac have their differences as also they have their similarities. Lennie is treated as an outsider by many people as is Isaac. Lennie small is a very retarded, he travels around with George, and relies on him to keep him safe. The similarities that lennie and Isaac have are as follows Lennie has a poor memory this is shown when he cannot remember his aunt Clara, who used to give him a mouse " I remember a lady used to give then to me everyone she got but that lady aint here" this lady is his Aunt Clara. Lennie also has abnormal strength, this is shown by the description of Lennie at the start of the story, " huge man, shapeless of face, with a large pale face with large pale face and with large sloping shoulders and walking heavily". ...read more.

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Lennie is severely retarded and he can think of anything for himself he can only take orders. Lennie has no family only his aunt Clara, the only family lennie has got left is George. George has to find lennies job for him due to him being unable to find one for himself. Lennies abundant strength gives him problems; he doesn't know when to stop, whereas Isaac only hits Rebecca once and regrets it fully once he has done it. Lennie finds it hard to control his emotions whilst Isaac doesn't. Lennie has got friends whereas Isaac hasn't got any friends the only friends he got are his mother and Rebecca. In " Of Mice and Men" lennie is a fully developed character compared to Isaac, this is why you don't really know Isaac as well but with lennie you can relate to lennie and what he goes through. " The ostler" is a short story so Isaacs's character isn't well developed. Lennie and Isaac are both treated like outsiders by various people, I think that lennie is more accepted in society than Isaac due to people feeling sorry for lennie, they don't believe he could cause any trouble and they believe he is just like a child. ...read more.

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George goes after him as well. George finds lennie first, lennie wants to hear about the rabbits, so George tells lennie to turn around and look at the fields and image what it would be like, as George tells the story lennie brings out a gun and shoots lennie in the head. George does this himself because he doesn't want anyone else killing lennie, he would rather kill him himself, and also after someone else shooting candy's dog, candy wishes he shoot him himself. In the ostler Isaac doesn't believe his mum, Mrs scratchard, about the dream. But after she died she warned Isaac not to go back. Isaac does go back through and after arguing with Rebecca he hits her Rebecca replies " No man has ever struck me twice" and then she left saying they will see each other no more. But on the seventh night before his birthday she come back, to rein act the dream, but as Isaac new what would happen he knew where she hide the knife, he took the knife and left her there and went away. Now Isaac lives in fear of Rebecca, he sleeps most nights well, through the year, but every time around his birthday he is worried in case she comes back and tries to rein act the dream again. ...read more.

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