Theme Of Death In The Outsiders

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Of Mice and Men & The Outsiders
By Jake Flanagan
Death is mysterious and intriguing. Why does death happen? It is up to you to decide has you follow this word and meaning. Death is powerful and meaningful. What is death? There will be many examples of this word showing up throughout this extraordinary adventure you are about to set sail to. The two books that are present in your adventure are: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. There are many interesting themes and symbols in these books. “Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering.” - John Steinbeck 106. This is a great example of how death can be a good thing. If you get the chance to read Of Mice and Men or
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This theme shows up in Of Mice and Men because George is Lennie’s guardian angel and guides him through all of the rough times. George will do anything to help Lennie in life. The gun in Of Mice and Men represents death and gratitude because when Carlson kills Candy’s dog, it shows gratitude because everyone was wanting to kill the dog. And everyone was talking about how the dog was in pain, and Candy should take him out of his misery. And for Lennie, when George shoots Lennie, in a sense Lennie would be grateful to George because he relieved him of his life, and his life had reached a point that was really horrible and going to end in terrible suffering, so in this sense George helped him…show more content…
In The Outsiders the main message says that you should never give up on your friends, you should stay strong, and you should have strong relationships. In the book Of Mice and Men the main message says having a friend is good, and you should stick with him/her until the end. These messages in both books are very similar because they are both about having strong lasting relationships that help each person throughout their life. Of Mice and Men and The Outsiders are very alike in many ways. The themes are similar, characters are similar, the way the story plays out is also similar. But there are some important differences, the mood in both books are kind of dark, and sad, and seems there is little happiness. Death, it’s around us, it everywhere, it’s overwhelming, it’s... sad. It appears in the two books. Of Mice and men and the outsiders the author is saying that there is another meaning for death, there is a brighter side to it. In Of Mice of Men it is presented in a sad but “happy” way. The core meanings in each book is, you should always follow your path, it may lead you to a strange place, but always listen to yourself. Never give in to what people say. This brings death close to these books because it’s showing how you can control your actions, and why it is good to move
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