Of mice and men & A separate peace

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Gene and Finny v. George and Lennie

People who have read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck should know that there are a lot of similarities and differences compared to the book A Separate Peace by John Knowles. The central message of these two books display some good and bad times of two male friends and the struggle of their friendship. In the book, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have a tough time getting along through their journey of living on a farm. In the book A Separate Peace, Gene finds it hard to accept Finny as a true friend, since Gene thinks he is invincible. These books would not be the same if Lennie was not handicap and Finny was not perfect. There are many similar themes that could go along with these books, but only three work best. The story of Gene and Finny’s relationship compared to the story of George and Lennie’s teach many comparable life lessons because they both display friendship, the American dream, and the coming of age.

Because their stories are so similar, that makes their friendship closer. There are many similarities between both of them, but the most common similarity is their death. At the end of A Separate Peace, Gene ends up killing Finny. At the end of Of Mice and Men,George kills Lennie. In the last sentence of the book, Carlson says something really heartless stating, ‘”Now what the hell ya suppose is eating them two guys’” (Steinbeck 105). Gene learned to value Finny’s friendship toward the middle of the book and George always got annoyed of things Lennie said and did. Both of their friendships suffered from some jealousy, but whether they said it or not, Gene valued Finny’s friendship just as much as George valued Lennie’s. Most books have many themes, but it is unique to share the same in both. Gene and Finny and George and Lennie share the same American dream. These stories are both based off of these men’s future plans, whether it is in school or work. In this case, it is both. While Gene and Finny

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