Of Mice and Men vs. Streetcar Named Desire

Topics: John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Great Depression Pages: 3 (1162 words) Published: March 12, 2006
In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and the play "The Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, the relationships between the protagonists deteriorate over the course of time due to the society's viewpoint on the troubled protagonist. George's perspective of Lenny changes in a negative sense as does Stella's outlook of Blanche. What starts out as friends or sisters, slowly turns into the destruction of the relationships and the abandonment of Lenny or Blanche.

Lenny and Blanche are both similar in their failed efforts to fit into their surroundings. Lenny, from Of Mice and Men, is a mentally retarded man who has the mentality of a child. Lenny is an extremely strong, powerful man who has yet to learn the extent of his potency. This attribute eliminates the possibility of him being careful around small, weak objects such as the puppy he did not mean to kill. Lenny talks to the puppy after it is dead saying he "didn't bounce [it] hard" (Steinbeck 85). The puppy could not handle his brute force and without the intention of doing so, Lenny had killed the puppy. This brute force quickly leads to his downfall as he accidentally breaks the neck of Curley's wife causing him to flee the farm and eventually die. With Lenny's childlike frame of mind, Lenny was extremely dependent on the help of others to get him through life. Lenny especially relied on George, causing trouble to both of them as they moved from town to town because of Lenny's faults. This dependency on others also contributes to his unsuccessful efforts to fit into society. When Lenny ran from the farm, he still listened to George and ran to hind in the brush. George was able to manipulate Lenny's dependency and convince Lenny to hand him the gun. George took advantage of this situation and killed his friend as his friend died with the image of "a pig an' chickens…an' down the flat [will be] a…little piece alfalfa" (Steinbeck 105). Blanche, from "A Streetcar Named Desire", although she was...
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