Similarities Between Of Mice And Men And To Kill A Mockingbird

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The novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men use animals to symbolize a greater theme. Harper Lee uses the mockingbird to represent innocence and how everyone will soon be hit with the hard realities of the evils in the world. Of Mice and Men gives us a lesson on the predatory nature of the world. John Steinbeck uses a dog to symbolize the fate for those who are no longer of use. Both novels are prime examples of how authors can use simple, everyday objects to bring a deeper meaning of the world to the reader. Tom Robinson is an example of a Mockingbird being that he was an innocent man who was killed for doing nothing wrong. He would continuously help out Mayella Ewell with chores until his generosity backfired. His kindness towards …show more content…
At the beginning, like most kids, Jem’s ideas of evil involve fictional details like monsters. He has a first hand experience with racism when he hears Bob Ewell and the horrid things he has to say about Tom Robinson. Despite this, Jem had hope and continued to believe that good will always win against evil. After he witnesses Tom Robinson go to jail for a crime he did not commit, he is left angry and realizes what a cruel place the world can be. Jem’s innocent and childlike personality changes after these occurrences. He matures and now has a more realistic idea of what evil really …show more content…
He was nothing but an innocent man who lived a sheltered life. People saw Boo as a monster due to rumors, but no one had any real proof. Jem and Scout saw that he was protective and brave after he saved them on the night they were attacked. Boo had no evil intentions yet was viewed as the villain in Maycomb.
The reader can put together the similarities between the animals noted in the novels at the end of the stories.“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy, but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” This quote explains the key metaphor in the book. Mockingbirds are good, innocent people who have been destroyed by evil. In Of Mice and Men Candy’s dog was in a way, a preview to what would soon happen to Lennie. The two stories took animals and turned them into a way to represent the bad things that would happen to the characters.
The authors of both books use animals in clever ways. Of Mice and Men uses the dog to foreshadow Lennie’s fate as well as symbolize what could potentially happen to Candy once he is no longer useful on the ranch. To Kill a Mockingbird uses the mockingbird as a symbol as innocence and how after a while everyone’s innocence is destroyed. Using animals is a sneaky way to hint the character’s future events without ruining the element of

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