comparison Essay

2073 Words Dec 2nd, 2013 9 Pages
English III AP
30 October 2013
Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter
Of Mice and Men’s George and The Scarlet Letter’s Hester Prynne the main characters in these two novels. Both are misunderstood by the people around them. Of Mice and Men was written in 1937 by John Steinbeck to show the most vulnerable people in society at that time. The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850 to illustrate the way of life for the Puritan society and the way some were punished or misunderstood due to not following the Puritan ways. In Of Mice and Men and The Scarlet Letter Steinbeck and Hawthorne share a common theme between the two novels. By comparing and contrasting the characters, setting, and conflicts it is illustrated that
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The settings in both the novels differ a great deal due to their time period, and the places the novels take place. Likewise, they are both huge parts of each of the novels, and reasons for why certain events happened in each of the novels. Both the settings play a major role in the themes of the novels. Because of the time periods of the novels they have stricter rules and ways of thinking in their societies. Which is why the crimes in the novels were made out to be so much more extreme than they truly where. Therefore, out casting the characters. Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men in the late 1940’s with the novel taking place in a town called Soledad. Steinbeck starts the novel out by using imagery by writing of two men walking a “single file down the path, and even then one was behind the other … both dressed in denim… with tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders,” by doing this Steinbeck lets the reader know that one of the men is reliant on the other, and by describing the men’s clothes, he is telling the reader about the time period the novel will take place (Steinbeck 2). The section of the forest where they first are introduced in the story plays a significant role at the end of the novel. In “the bunk house” which was “a long rectangular building” is where George and Lennie shared a room with five other men (Steinbeck17). “The bunk

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