Comparing Bestial Imagery In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck once said, “A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it.” (Brainy Quote). This lack of control can be seen in Of Mice and Men, which was written during the naturalistic period. The naturalistic period was a literary period during the 1930s about individuals having no control over their lives. The use of these naturalistic elements can be seen in Of Mice and Men such as Lennie’s lack of self control which leads to death. On the flip side, Kafka wrote The Metamorphosis during the surrealism period. The surrealist movement took place during the 1910’s and was the opposite of naturalism, focusing on people’s ability to decide their own fate. Kafka used his childhood experiences to shape the way he wrote. As a young boy, he had a poor relationship with his father. This is reflected in The Metamorphosis, as Gregor's dad is extremely cruel to him. In Of Mice and Men and The Metamorphosis, Steinbeck and Kafka use bestial…show more content…
George describes Lennie to their boss: “‘...he’s sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull.’” (Steinbeck 22). Lennie’s size and strength help him to be a good worker, but he cannot control this strength and it often times leads to disaster. Even though he tries to control himself, his animal instincts often get the best of him. This lack of control takes a toll on George because he has to babysit Lennie to make sure he does not hurt someone. Eventually, after having to constantly take care of Lennie and move around due to his foolish actions, George snaps and shoots him. They had been like family, but fate said otherwise. There is no way for Lennie to have normal relationships with people because they are always in danger of being hurt. Lennie’s animalistic tendencies lead to him unintentionally breaking down his relationship with those around
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