Relationships In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men And The Movie The Mighty

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It is amazing how much Biology has in common with the social world when it comes to the relationships among human-beings. Symbiosis is the interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association with each other and they include mutualistic, parasitic, and commensal relationships. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and the movie The Mighty, the key relationships of symbiosis are executed in many of the characters’ interesting adventures throughout both of them. The characters relationships in the book and the movie can be traced back to symbiosis in a way that shows how the mind works when people create relationships. The novel Of Mice and Men and the movie The ...view middle of the document...

Since both of them help each other, their relationship is considered mutual. Another example of mutualism is when Max and Kevin are in a museum. Kevin tells Max to go to the museum in particular because it relates to the book that Max is reading called “King Arthur and His Knights”. While at the museum, Max narrates “‘From that day, Freak never asked me nothin’ about my father, and I never asked him nothin’ about his. ‘Cuz that’s not who we were’”. Both Kevin and Max have stories about their respective fathers, but do not care to share them with each other. Max is saying that he and Kevin will not ask each other again about their fathers because it bothers both of them in a way that makes them both uncomfortable. They are helping each other to a degree in which they will not try to make matters uneasy in a conversation by bringing up a subject that could potentially hurt or upset the other. Kevin and Max are acting mutually by not talking about the subject of their fathers. A final example of mutualism is when Gwen Dillon, Kevin’s mother, goes to the school that both Kevin and Max attend to try and allow Kevin to play in gym class. The school does not immediately agree with her argument. She says to the school principal “‘Kevin lives in this world of books, and words, and ideas, things I don’t even understand, but I understand this; Kevin would trade it all for a chance to be normal, to have a friend, to do the things that normal kids do every day. Max Kane has given him that chance. Well I’m not gonna let that be taken away from my boy’”. Gwen is distressed since the school is trying to prevent Kevin from participating in sports, which he is incapable of doing due to his physical limitations. She is describing the mutualistic relationship that Max and Kevin have given each other. With his overdeveloped mind, Kevin gives Max the gift of knowledge and intelligence and with his large and sturdy physical shape and Max gives Kevin the gift of less restricted movement. With their mutualistic relationship, Kevin and Max benefit through the qualities in which they cannot obtain. Symbiosis relates with friendships and relationships in The Mighty.
Symbiotic relationships make an appearance in the novel Of Mice and Men. The second type of relationship relating to symbiosis is parasitism, which is a non-mutual relationship in which one organism gains something and the other does not. In the book, Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small represent the association of parasitism in a relationship. Due to Lennie’s illness and George’s inadequate luck, George does not get to have a life of freedom on his own and Lennie is stuck with him, disallowing for George to advance the way he would like to in his life. An example of parasitism is when George says to Lennie “‘God, you’re a lot of trouble,’ said George. ‘I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl’” (6-7). Lennie’s last name may...

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