John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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The Connectivity of Death

Death is inevitable. However, death arrives to people at different stages of their lives. Death is one thing that all people have in common; even books are connected because of the different deaths occurring in them. In S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, there are three major deaths occurring in the novel: Bob, Johnny, and Dally. Similarly, in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, there are also three major deaths: Candy’s dog, Curley’s wife, and Lennie. The Outsiders is a story depicting the life of Ponyboy Curtis, who is struggling to find his place in the world while battling the rival group, the Socs. Of Mice and Men is a story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who are bound together and share the dream of one day owning their own ranch. Despite the differences in these books, readers can draw striking parallels and surprising contrasts between these deaths.
Johnny and Lennie’s death share similarities because both of them killed someone they viewed as trouble, leading to their ultimate deaths. Before his early death, readers first meet Johnny, a character from The Outsiders, as one of the youngest members of the Greasers gang, and as one of the most innocent characters in the novel. Frequently abused at home and under the constant threat of attack from the Socs, Johnny depends on the Greasers as his family. “If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you’ll have Johnny.” (pg.…

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