Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men And ' Cold Blood '
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Parallel Themes in Contrasting Novels
People often learn at a young age what is right and wrong, that we should not lie or hit people and that we need to be polite, saying please and thank you. But what happens when people grow up and cannot tell if something is right or wrong, or if they think a certain situation is right and wrong? Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck in 1937 and In Cold Blood, written in 1966 both explore the idea of right and wrong with humanity in two comparable situations. The novels both tell like stories that convey alike ideas, but the books are written differently. In Of Mice and Men and In Cold Blood, both authors, Steinbeck and Capote, include similar themes, setting, plot, emotion, and characters, whereas they differ in specific detail, the type of novel, and writing styles.
Both novels evoke strong emotions such as compassion, sadness, and anger. In In Cold Blood, the reader has a hard time not feeling compassion for the two main characters, Perry and Dick. Both of them had hard upbringings; Perry was abused by nuns and physically disabled by a car accident, and Dick grew up poor and lacked opportunities for advancement, like going to college. Compassion is also felt for the Clutter family, who was murdered by these two men. Likewise, readers feel compassion for the two main characters in Of Mice and Men. Readers feel bad for Lennie because he is mentally a child and does not know how to act, make friends or be independent, and people