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What are some parallels and contrasts in the book "Of Mice and Men"?I want...

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baltazar | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2008 at 8:01 AM via web

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What are some parallels and contrasts in the book "Of Mice and Men"?

I want some parallels and contrast between the characters and animals, if possible, please.

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 28, 2008 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The ranch hands are described in terms of beasts of burden throughout the novel. Lenny receives this treatment the most. His hands are paws. He apes George's actions. He moves in a "bear-like" fashion.

Slim must drown off 4 of the 9 puppies because of a lack of food. The men immediately respond to the dinner bell in a hurried fashion because there is never enough food. They even come running at the sound of the dinner bell which is an obvious allusion to the Pavlov's dogs.

Curly's wife and Candy are both mirrored by dog imagery. "Lulu" and "Shepherd" both show a relationship between their character and their function on this ranch.

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