The Counterfeiters

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“The Counterfeiters” When dealing with a story like “The Counterfeiters” it is often hard to have a complete understanding of the story because there is always so much going on. There is the always present relationship between Olivier and Bernard, the adulterous ordeal between Vincent and Laura, the novel “The Counterfeiters” which Edouard is writing, and many, many other side plots that revolve around each other and tie the mass web of main characters all together. However, I found that the most intriguing and interesting relationship in “The Counterfeiters” was the relationship between two schoolboy friends, Olivier and Bernard, presented by André Gide; and in my opinion, the subplots of the novel are all anchored by the connection and friendship between the two young boys. Throughout the novel, the reader can see the growth and transformation of Olivier’s and Bernard’s friendshipuntil they ultimately have a summer away with older men that eventually pull them apart. Although André Gide paints us a very unique picture based off an even more unique writing style where I would have trouble relating another novel to “The Counterfeiters” as a whole, the relationship between Olivier and Bernard is reminiscent to me of the relationship between George Milton and Lennie Small, in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. Both pairs of characters seem to take pretty similar paths in the development of their relationships and the extent, to which they depend upon one another, resulting in similar endings where they are cut off from each other. John Steinbeck wrote “Of Mice and Men” in 1937 and the novel is about two migrant field workers from California trying to make a living during the Great Depression. Lennie Small and George Milton are the two main characters like Olivier and Bernard, but unlike “The Counterfeiters”, “Of Mice and Men” is made up of a much less complex set of characters. George Milton is the brains of the operation; however, he tends to be very cynical...
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