Of Mice And Men Compare And Contrast Essay

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In the book, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, both Arthur “Boo” Radley and Lennie Small are isolated from the outside world because of the people who keep them captive, but they can’t keep them like this forever, and the results can turn out great or disastrous. Both Arthur and Lennie have been locked up by the people in their lives, mentally and physically. They are both actually quite similar and because of these people in their lives, it can cause them to do crazy things. Arthur has been confined to staying inside the Radley house, but when he has the opportunity to go outside, he takes it and the outcomes are great for him; saving both Jem and Scout’s life by defeating Mr. Ewell. On the other …show more content…
Radley locks Arthur up in the first because all he cares about is their reputation and he doesn’t want his son making another mistake to ruin that even more. After the incident with Mr. Ewell attempting to kill Scout and Jem, Arthur “was carrying Jem. Jem’s arm was dangling crazily in front of him” (352). During the terrible episode of Mr. Ewell, Arthur is willing to risk his own life in order to save both Jem and Scout’s lives. Even though he doesn’t know the children that well, they mean something to him; family. When Arthur takes Jem to his house, he mostly stays in the corner of the room because he doesn’t know how to interact with Atticus. Also, when Atticus and Mr. Tate were discussing how they will handle the situation about Mr. Ewell’s attempt at murder. Mr. Tate thinks that they will say Mr. Ewell kills himself because he wouldn’t want Arthur to get attention from the town people. Arthur doesn’t like being social and wouldn’t like the idea of many people showing up at his house offering him sweets because he is not use to the fact that he has all of this attention from other people because most of his life was being caged inside his house. During Arthur's time looking out the window and staying inside the house, time passes by and he watches children playing outside. “Summer, and he watched his children’s heartbreak. Autumn again, and Arthur's children needed him” (374). Even though Arthur was stuck inside the house and can’t go outside, he still cares for children that he saw through the window. Maybe Arthur feels a connection between them because they are the only kids that would go near the Radley house because it was usually known as a place kids would avoid because of the rumors spreading around Maycomb, so when Arthur saw the children, he probably feels that they are somehow in some way a part of his family. Maybe Scout and Jem remind him of himself when he was younger, free and just wanted to have fun playing and explore the unthinkable because

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