Compare and contrast essay
[Of Mice and Men and The Pearl were two interesting
novellas I was able to read. Both written by the famous author
John Steinbeck. In both books Steinbeck described a lot of social
Injustice, hardships, and how his characters kept their dignity
throughout both books.
In the book, The Pearl, it takes place in Baja, California, Kino,
one of the main characters, had a trustful wife, named Juana, and a
loving baby boy named Coyotito. Kino had a job as a poor pearl
fisher, everyday he would go out in his old canoe fishing for
pearls. Every pearl fisher in the little village Kino lives in has
heard the famous myth about the pearl of the world, which is a
pearl the size of gulls’ egg, and every fisher’s dream is to get it.
One day Coyotito was stung by a scorpion and like any parent
would do, Juana and Kino rushed the little baby to the doctor who
lives in the rich part of town. The doctor refuses to help them out
because they have nothing to pay the doctor except some little
pearls. In rage Kino punched the metal gates with all his might
causing him to bleed at the knuckles. Which proves that if you
have no money then you have no power.
The next day Kino found a clam set aside, far from the others
so he picked it up and opened it, and inside was the pearl of the
world! The next day Kino and Juana went to town to try to sell the
pearl. When more injustice comes in... "It’s worth fifty thousand,
you know it. You want to cheat me!" he told the dealers.
It shows that the dealers thought that Kino was just a stupid
Indian that didn’t know any better about how much the pearl was
really worth. But Kino kept his dignity and his head high and went
home to bury the pearl. Then the pearl started to give Kino trouble,
people tried to steal the pearl and hurt Kino and his family
until he and Juana and their little boy headed for the mountains.
Near the end of the book everything started to go backwards
Kino and Juana had to hide in the caves, and their only son was
shot in the head and killed, and their pearl that filled Kino’s head
with dreams and possibility was thrown into the deep blue sea.
None of Kino’s dreams came true.
In a more realistic story, Of Mice and Men, which takes place
in Salinas, California, Stienbeck wrote this story set durring the
Great Depression. For example when Lennie and
George had to move from job to job to earn enough money to live
on. Once again if you had no money you had no power. Much like
Kino and Juana, Lennie and George were both dream followers,
only their dream was to one day have a farm and own land.
Lennie had a disability and it was giving George a lot of grief
because Lennie was making trouble at every job that they got
which caused George and Lennie to move from job to job to
earn their fifty cents an hour working hot days in the fields.
George found them a job bucking barley. The social injustice
was when George is telling Lennie to "don’t say none" because if
the people find out Lennie had a disability they would not get a job
of any sort.
Throughout this story I had mixed feelings for both George
and Lennie. For example George was basically a babysitter for
Lennie because he was always telling Lennie what and what not to
do... "What are you gonna say tomorrow when the boss asks you
"I ain’t gonna say a word."
When they finally got settled Lennie got into trouble a lot with
Curly. Curly would always pick on poor Lennie because Curly
didn’t like big tall people, and poor Lennie would never fight back.
One day Lennie was in the barn playing with his new puppy as
a two-year-old would do and Curlys’ wife stopped in to check
things out. Lennie like to pet things, soft things so when the wife
told Lennie to feel her hair he wouldn’t let go which made her
scream with fright so Lennie, also scared started to shake her
harder and harder until there was a sickening crack and she went
limp in Lennies arms, for he had shaken her to her death. Just as
George walked in and told Lennie to run to the hide out spot.
Once George got there, he shot Lennie. Which in my opinion
George did it for Lennie’s and his own good. Though Lennie
didn’t have much of a chance and followed his morals, which was
to shake the girl to death, Lennie didn’t know what else to do.
Social injustice takes place every where in the world, even
today, for example there are still some jobs that women have and
don’t get paid as much as men do for the same job, and in China
and India there is still child labor going on, and that’s just a
In both books John Steinbeck made a lot of points and gave
some examples about social injustice, I think he made people learn
about diversity as well.