John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

993 Words Apr 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Although, novels tell stories that are not true, they can teach valuable lessons in life. In the novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there is insight into how the characters struggle to find their way while holding on to their personal dreams. Similiarly, in the article, “A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country” by Ying Ying Yu, the author informs the reader of how Chinese students are held to very high standards, and there is only one dream, and that is to be successful in the eyes of their family and country. Steinbeck 's Of Mice and Men and the article by Ying Ying Yu both demonstrate how one measures success by his or her own actions and consequences. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have dreams of buying their own farm. They want to live independently and without judgment from others. To them, success is living off the land and not having anyone to report to. In “A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country,” early on, children are taught to work toward pleasing their families and country by excelling in school. In Yu’s article she states, “Only duty will offer me something true, something worthy of my effort” (Yu). In China, dedication and hard work is the only pathway for students.. School is very important to not only the families in China, but the entire community. Students learn very quickly that any goal worth achieving will come with a cost. In contrast, George and Lennie believe that life is there for the taking. George explains to…

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