Friendship And Stereotypes In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck tells the story of two men, George and Lennie, who share the ambition to own a farm one day and the sequence of events that follows as they seek to accomplish their aspirations. On the other hand, Maria Boyd’s Will entails the story of a boy in high school who is mischievous and headstrong. He gets punished for his actions and is forced to participate in the running of the school musical which begins journey where he befriends an unlikely group of people.. These novels tell two vastly different stories, however both convey similar themes of friendship and stereotypes. The use of and … help to convey the themes and messages of each of the novels..

Will is set in a high school, illustrated as large, hectic stomping grounds. St Andrews’, the school, is divided into predators and prey, occasionally being broken when overridden by the teacher. ‘Waddlehead seized his prey’ (p. 2). There are gangs of bullies expressed as ‘Australian white-bread boys … tracked and stalked … shoulders back and chins jutting forward’ (Boyd , pg 218) that will pounce on
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He saves Zac 's life from the bin and replenishes his lunch box with gentle encouragement (Boyd , pg 135). At school Will observes many of the stereotypical groups depicted at St Andrews’ ‘We were mongrels, a hybrid of all the groups: a couple of footy-heads, soccer players, good students and musos, assorted Filipinos, Lebs, wogs and skips’ (Boyd, pg 28). There is then a new kid who comes to the school, he breaks the normal stereotype. Mark Newman, the school jock, good at sports puts his hand up for the musical, who then evaluates to becoming gay and who can sing, breaking all stereotypes of a ‘jock’. Will is also very concerned on how other perceive him and therefore simply seeks inclusion in the groups around the

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