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Write about the way that Steinbeck and Hardy explore the idea of outsider in “Of Mice and Men” and “The Withered Arm”

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Name: Laurence K Lam Date: 22-02-02 Title: Write about the way that Steinbeck and Hardy explore the idea of outsider in "Of Mice and Men" and "The Withered Arm" En2:......... En3:......... Lit:.......... "The Withered Arm" was written by Thomas Hardy who was born in 1840 in the village of Higher Backhampton near Dorchester. He has two sisters and a brother. When he was nine he went to a church-funded school in Dorchester. But his classmate found him shy so he was a loner at that time. So that's why he was interested in outsider. In 1867 he started to write novels and from 1887 he started to write short stories which are based on his knowledge of Dorset life. He did well and the London magazines paid him a lot of money for his stories. "Of Mice and Men" was written by John Steinbeck. He was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His family was not rich but he loved the outdoor and nature. In 1919 he went to Stanford University to study marine biology. Because he is in university he needs money to carry on, so he had some jobs while he was at university and one of the jobs that he did was working on a ranch near King City in the Salina Valley. ...read more.


Men think so much of personal appearance." She is not only similar to Slim she is also similar to Candy. It is because they both disable. If you think about it Gertrude is physically and mentally disable she is so confuse. She doesn't know what to do with her arm. Because all these reason she changes her personality trying her hardest to get rid of the withered arm. Just like "Of Mice and Men" a lot of people in "The Withered Arm" are outsiders. You might not be aware of it but Farmer Lodge is an outsider as well. He is an outsider because he is too rich and good for the entire village and he has a son with Rhoda without marrying her makes him an outsider, "her husband was never seen in Casterbridge again." He feels ashamed because he has done something very bad in those days. This makes him an outsider. Conjuror Trendle is an outsider because he has magic power and not a lot of people like wizards and witches those kinds of things they think all these people are evil. ...read more.


"They let the nigger come in that night. Little skinner name of Smitty took after the nigger. Done pretty good, too. The guys wouldn't let him use his feet, so the nigger got him. If he coulda used his feet, Smitty says he woulda killed the nigger." Shows that people don't care about black people. John Steinbeck and Thomas Hardy both had a not very happy childhood they are outsiders as well? That's possible because from the information I've got Thomas Hardy was considering a loner in school. So he is very interested in outsider and Thomas Hardy lived away form every from every while he was young so that's properly the reason he likes to right about outsider. John S worked in a ranch and he knows a lot about it and he knows what are the people in the ranch are like and he might met someone who is like Crooks and he feels sorry for these people so he writes about them. After all the things that we have written about these two books you can see they are different books however they have something similar they both write about outsiders, this makes them very comparable. ?? ?? ?? ?? 3 ...read more.

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