Of Mice - Of Mice & Men compared to My Brother Jack Sow...

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Of Mice & Men compared to My Brother Jack Sow how the personalities of the principle characters have affected their relationships and the power they have been able to exert in those relationships. In society, the identity/personality of people often affects their relationships and the power they have within those relationships. The issue of power varies considerably in law and moral values, and the amount of power obtained varies in accordance to the position of whom in the relationship it is held by. It is then dependent on the personality of the person as whether the power is exerted or not, and if so how it is done. Through the novels ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘My Brother Jack’ parallels can be drawn between principle characters in reference to their personalities and how this affects their relationships and the power they have been able to exert in those relationships. There are many similarities between the characters of both novels such as George and Lennie with Jack and Davy, Curly and his wife with Jack Senior and Min, also the relationship that Curly and Davy had with those in the workforce and the power they exerted through that. From these examples you will discover the affect of power one has through their personalities and the relationships they have. In ‘Of Mice and Men’ the two main characters, George and Lennie, have a very close relationship. George and Lennie were best friends and went everywhere together, always looking after each other. George was a character with leadership skills, he was the one who provided for the two, and this was mainly due to the fact he was the brains out of the pair. He was responsible, alert and very smart, and it was because of these factors that made him a very cunning sort of person. In their friendship George was the parental figure to Lennie as it is demonstrated in the following quote: “ George undid his bundle and bought out three cans of beans. He stood them about the fire, close in against the blaze, but not quite touching the flame” (Page 11) Here George cooks tea for Lennie, just like a parental figure. Through the portrayal of a parental figure, George had power over Lennie. Lennie looked up to George and as a result he would do what George told him. George used his power over Lennie to control him, controlling what he said and did. This control was used to George’s advantage as it was through his power over Lennie that George was able to find work, with only a main concern for himself. Despite all that George was, Lennie also had power in their relationship. Lennie can be described as being dumb, irresponsible, of child innocence, hopeful, dependent on George and physically very strong. His power in the relationship, surprisingly, did not lie in his physical strength, it lay in his ability to manipulate
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George through his characteristic of a child like innocence. Lennie’s power was
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.

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