A comparison of the book OF MICE AND MEN and THE PEARL, both written by John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men and The Pearl Comparison

Of Mice and Men and The Pearl may be two different books, but they have more in common than what might meet the eye. Both books, written by John Steinbeck, involve characters who relate to one another because of their lifestyles and daily situations. These six, all males, are made up of Lennie and Coyotito, George and Kino, and Curley and the doctor.

The first two characters to be compared are Lennie and Coyotito. One example is that both these people are looked after; George has to look after Lennie, and Juana and Kino have to look after Coyotito. George tells Lennie, in order to protect him, "Hide 'till I come for you. Hide in the brush by the river. Say that over (30)." Kino and Juana have to look after Coyotito. One incident is when Kino is dreaming of Coyotito going to school.

Kino has to dream for Coyotito because the baby is unable to dream on his own. "And these things will make us better because he will know."(38) The second similarity found between Lennie and Coyotito is that they were both shot in the end. "And George raised the gun and steadied it...close to the back of Lennie's head...he pulled the trigger (106)." "And he knew the sound [Kino]...the cry of death (119)."

The next two men that can be compared are George and Kino. Both of these men are the leaders of the story. In The Pearl, Steinbeck writes "Saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the whole (6)." This shows even Kino sees himself as the fatherly, manly figure in charge. In Of Mice and Men George states "An' he was so damn nice to me for pullin' him out. Clean...