John Steinbeck's Believable Characters

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‘Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with them.’ (Mel Brooks) How have Harper Lee and John Steinbeck created believable characters in the novels you have studied? Who made their novel more believable than other? Is it Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or is it Steinbeck’s ‘Animal Farm’? To compare and contrast the two similar but very different novels in the introduction, firstly both novels share the same country background and similar time period. However, Steinbeck uses more symbolisms, often symbolising the society, within the characters and their actions, and…show more content…
George Milton is shown as a good friend and also a guardian of Lennie, and this is suggested by the fact that even though Lennie is a mentally retarded character and George is the opposite, he raises Lennie “when his Aunt Clara died” and works together since then. This introduces George as a very kind character to the readers and it mentions about friendship between George and Lennie, which the author wanted to emphasise and to make readers think…show more content…
This is presented when he talks with Slim, and Slim asks “Didn’t hurt the girl none, huh?” and George answers, “He just scared her. I’d be scared too, if he grabbed me. But he never hurt her. He jus’ wanted to touch that red dress, like he wants to pet them pups all the time.”(P 68) Although he frequently speaks to Lennie of how much better his life would be without his caretaking responsibilities, George is devoted to Lennie. On the basis of this suggestion, it can be concluded that these touching stories in that harsh period impress the readers and serve as a momentum of looking back at our real lives’ friendship. Moreover, George claims “guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.” (P 31) Here, he foreshadows the future, to the fact that he will be separated from Lennie and become lonely. Steinbeck links George and Lennie wandering and escaping around the country, with the loneliness of the unemployed workers in the Depression to get a

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