Challenges Faced By Characters In The Odyssey And Of Mice And Men

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In the books The Odyssey by Homer, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinback the authors explore their main characters’ problems. In The Odyssey, the protagonist, Odysseus, faces multiple challenges while on his way home from the Trojan War. Similarly, in Romeo and Juliet, the two main characters have to figure out how to be together despite their family feuds. During Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie must adapt to life with their own limitations and the harsh reality of the world. Between all three books, the main characters have to challenge themselves and solve problems to reach their initial goal. In The Odyssey, Odysseus has to overcome the dangers of the open ocean, the wrath of gods, and dangerous …show more content…

This dream halts to a stop when reality sets in and they realize that they aren’t qualified for this. George and Lennie still hold hope, but it will be difficult to navigate through their issues. “We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us” (Steinback chapter 1). To even be able to afford the land they need to work early mornings and late nights to earn money. This quote identifies the hope they still have even though they don’t entirely know how it’s going to turn out. Their world flips upside down when Lennie accidentally murders Curly’s wife. George has to find a way to protect Lennie from the other men who are furious with him. “I ain’t got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean.” (Steinback). This magnifies the fear they have of becoming a grumpy farmer, as well as the fear they have of the grumpy farmers. George ended up killing Lennie to protect his dignity and safety. He never got his farm as he realized that it is not realistic and he will most likely lose more money than he

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