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Both Steinbeck And Shelley Create Characters Who Are Alienated From Society. Discuss How Their Characters Are Portrayed

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Both Steinbeck And Shelley Create Characters Who Are Alienated From Society. Discuss How Their Characters Are PortrayedIn both "Frankenstein" and "Of Mice and Men", there have been characters created who have been alienated from society.We can compare the characters of the creature and Lennie; they are described as or given the image of their child like behaviour and thoughts, "His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds while a grin wrinkled his cheeks". This made the creature seem like a baby. This was in the part of the novel where the creature was created. Mary Shelley makes the creature seem like a baby and makes it so the creature sees Victor as a father to amplify the creature's feelings when he is rejected by Victor. "Blubberin' like a baby! Jesus Christ! A big guy like you." This shows Lennie's child like side. I think Steinbeck made Lennie more child like because it creates more sympathy for Lennie when George gets angry at him and when Curly hits him.Another way to compare these two characters is by their size and strength that make these two characters so isolated by the rest of society. The creature is described as inhuman or superhuman, "His stature, also, as he approached, seemed to exceed that of a man." He is also described as inhuman when he is on the ship, "Over him hung a form which I cannot find words to describe; gigantic in stature, yet uncouth and distorted in its proportions. As he hung over the coffin his face was concealed by long locks of ragged hair; but one vast hand was extended, in colour and apparent texture like that of a mummy." He is never described like a man in the entire novel. Lennie though is described as an animal, "he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paw." He is described as an animal because he is bigger and dumber than everyone else is. He is described as human at the end of John Steinbeck's novel, "Lennie came quietly to the pools edge. He knelt down and drank, barely touching his lips to the water". This is added because at the start of the novel Lennie drinks from the same place but he drinks like an animal. This is added to create sympathy for Lennie.The creature is first rejected by his creator: Victor. Victor originally thought of the creature as his beautiful creation but when Victor realised how ugly he was, he rejected him, "the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." The De Lacey's but not the blind man also rejects the creature, "How can I thank you, my best and only benefactor? From your lips first have I heard the voice of kindness directed towards me; I shall be forever grateful;" the blind man was the monster's only friend. This is because the blind man couldn't see how disfigured the creature was. So many people reject the creature because of his appearance. In the novel "Frankenstein" everyone is beautiful and have the perfect appearance except the creature. Elizabeth is described as the perfect...

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