Summary Of Mark Haddon's Of Mice And Men

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Following the Great Depression in 1929, John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, narrates the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, and their pursuance of the American Dream. Under entirely different historical backgrounds, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident is a mystery novel narrated by Christopher, a fifteen-year-old mathematician with some behavioral difficulties. Steinbeck and Haddon both use animals to develop their respective story characters; however, while the use of animals acts as a catalyst for plot progression and a bridge between characters in The Curious Incident, it serves a more symbolic purpose, crucial to the reader’s understanding of the text, in Of Mice and Men. These works encounter the difficulty of illustrating dynamic characters in ways understandable for the audience. Thus, both Steinbeck and Haddon have utilized animals to help readers comprehend and connect with their main characters. In The Curious Incident, Christopher compares animals to humans, giving the readers a glimpse of his world: “I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk,” (4). By juxtaposition of dogs and humans, Haddon has helped readers better understand Christopher as a character who doesn 't fit into the average box. Similarly in Of Mice and Men, animals are used to underline Lennie’s innocence. As the story opens, Steinbeck

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