Tragedy In Thomas Scarseth's Of Mice And Men

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"A Teachable Good Book: Of mice and men" by Thomas Scarseth provides a unique angle to observe the themes in Of mice and men. He states that this story is that of a tragic one. Scarseth continues by giving examples of the uniqueness of the text, telling of the literary dissatisfaction people experience with tragic stories. He goes into depth about the personality and mannerisms of each character and why some conflict arises because of those personalities. Scarseth states that “Tragedy exists even among the lowly of the Earth; Even the least of us.” Scarseth is saying that even though people may believe tragedy is for the important and dramatic, it can appear without warning in every person’s life. I agree with this; daily tragedies are common to everyone. Sometimes a personal and familial tragedy could take place, for example you could lose someone close to you. There could also be a natural disaster that creates tragic destruction like a hurricane. A very recent example of this is Hurricane Harvey. As Hurricane Harvey…show more content…
The characters have a sense of a dirty, raw vulgarity to them. With characters like this the plot could almost build itself, as conflict is almost completely inevitable. Each person in this book has a simple lifestyle, but when these personalities and lifestyles clash, it creates conflict rapidly. Scarseth gives reasoning that even simple people can experience tragedy. Not even the simplest of people can avoid it and Scarseth relates it to the book by saying this: “…simplest dream of the simplest man – even poor dumb Lennie – cannot come true. I agree with his observation of the situation in which each character leads a simple life. They lead these modest, sometimes arbitrary lives, but if this is true then why is the plot and climax so complicate and filled with drama? That’s the tragedy of the story taking

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