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In my mind, the most striking similarity between both works is how they display characters who are so helpless and yet seen as such a danger to the system. Due to this, these characters have to be eliminated, leaving a sense of despondency in their absence. Boxer and Lennie are characters that cannot but help evoke a sense of empathy in their depiction. Both are not very bright. Both depend on other characters in the novel in their entirety. Boxer defers to Napoleon, chanting that "Napoleon is always right." Lennie is dependent on George, not being able to do anything outside of him. Both characters are extremely strong from a physical point of view. Lennie's strength is what makes him a desirable worker, as with Boxer. Both are seen as a threat to the established order, and therefore must be eliminated. Boxer is seen as a threat by Napoleon and when the horse's lung collapses, the shrewd pig sees his chance to eliminate him. Lennie is seen as a wanted man after it is surmised that he has killed Candy's wife. In both developments, a beloved character, from the point of view of the reader, becomes someone seen as a danger, with their elimination almost guaranteed. In the death of both, a rebuke of redemption is also evident.
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