Of Mice and Men Essay

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Ambitions of Another Life
In today’s world, we have come to see that trial, error, pain, and the striving for living a glamorous life are common; we all know it’s an exhausting task. Everybody seems to “go through the motions” at one point or another; we all seem to have this point in life where everything seems like a black hole that’s going nowhere. In the book, Of Mice and Men, and play Death of a Salesman, we see this is common, among many other similarities. However, no story is ever the same between two people’s lives, and this is also shown in these two works of literature.
In these two pieces, it is apparent that one of the main motifs is struggle. Steinbeck and Miller both intricately weave in the worries, desires, and hurt of
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This main motif throughout these works implies that, in the end, struggle is a constant part of every one's life.
It seems that when we’re in the middle of things and the issue is happening right at that very moment, we don’t stop and think of what the outcome could be very often. Willy briefly thought about what Biff would think:
BEN. He’ll call you a coward.
WILLY. No, that would be terrible.
BEN. Yes, and a damned fool.
WILLY. No, no, he mustn’t, I won’t have that!
BEN. He’ll hate you, William.
(Miller 2.811-815). But, in the end he chose to go through with his plan anyway. After Willy kills himself, we see that it really does impact his family. Linda makes that apparent here, “Why did you ever do that? Help me, Willy, I can’t cry. ...Why did you do it?” (Miller Requiem.28). We see this in Of Mice and Men too; George killed Lennie as a reflex without it entirely crossing his mind of what life would be like afterwards, and Slim shows compassion here, “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda. Come on with me” (Steinbeck 107).
On the contrary, there are different ways of viewing life in the two pieces of literature. In Death of a Salesman, we see that Willy seems to think that just by being well-liked by people and having an alluring personality will help him rise to the top. He’s also constantly making his boys think that they need to be popular to be successful. Biff gets in a fight

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