John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Tortilla Flat Essay

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Many great thinkers view unity as an important part of life. Antoine de Saint-Exuprey said: “One man may hit the mark, another blunder, but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.” The Beatles sang: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” These men, though they lived a century apart, share the same view on unity. This view is also shared by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck displays a clear understanding of the importance of unity in many of his works. In his novels, Of Mice and Men and Cannery Row, John Steinbeck demonstrates unity through kindness, love, loyalty and trust. He then stresses its importance by depicting it through the families, communities …show more content…
Literary critic, Thomas Attel, comments on this: “Steinbeck created characters that care about each other far more than they care about a steady job or material possessions” (2). Through the loyalty and kindness shared between its neighbors, this town truly displays a great sense of unity. Also, in his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck introduces his readers to two characters, Lennie and George. These two men are complete opposites, George is a quick-witted, smaller man, and Lennie is a mentally-handicapped, strongly built man (Steinbeck). Yet, despite these differences and the implications caused by them, they manage to have a strong and intense relationship. Lennie, who often makes mistakes and has trouble remembering anything for long periods of time, upsets George, who then becomes short-tempered with him. However, George is quick to forgive him. Steinbeck states: “George said, ‘I want you to stay with me Lennie’” (Steinbeck 13). Then George goes on to tell Lennie, yet again, about their shared dream to save their money and buy a farm. These two men stick together through thick and through thin and, in their own way, they even love each other. On this love, critic Diane Telgen comments: “They [Lennie and George] love one another. They are too limited, too inarticulate, to know how to say it, but they do show it--- or rather, Steinbeck shows it to us readers. This love they they have for each

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