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Of Mice and Men allusions

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Omar Hunter

on 16 September 2010

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men allusions

Of Mice and Men Allusions
By: Omar Hunter The river bank(Pg. 1-2) in which George and Lennie are first found symbolizes the Garden of Eden(Genesis 2). Both are full of beauty and appear to be peaceful and comforting. There is food to eat and beautiful things to see. It is also where the first man was placed just like in the novel. George and Lennie(Pg. 2) symbolize The Creation(Genesis 1). God created man in his image, not all men are the same color, shape, and size. George was small and quick, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Lennie on the other hand was a huge man, shapeless of face, with wide, sloping shoulders. The altercation between Lennie and Curley(Pg. 63-64) resembles that of David and Goliath(I Samuel 17). Curley is small like David and Lennie is big and strong like Goliath. But Curley ends up defeating Lennie just as David defeated Goliath. Lennie's strength(Pg. 63 & 91) resembles that of Samson(Judges 13-16). Samson was strong because he was entrusted with the spirit of the lord and could tear a lion apart barehanded. Lennie was strong as well, without even meaning to he broke the neck of Curley's wife and killed her Slim(Pg. 33-34) resembles the Good Samaritan(Luke 10.25-37). He is kind to all he encounters and respects all of those he is around. He treats others as he himself would want to be treated. He doesn't ignore anyone and talks to all. Curley's wife(Pg. 31 & 77-81) resembles Satan in the Temptation of Jesus(Matthew 40. She is always around the men, just as Satan was around Jesus, tempting them to do something they don't want to. But the men, like Jesus, prevail and don't fall into her trap. . The lives of Goerge and Lennie(Pg. 1-107) symbolize that of Sodom and Gomorrah(Genesis 18-19). Like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, George and Lennie are sinful and have done wrong things. They are also percieved as homosexual which is the way some of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah were percieved. George shooting Lennie(Pg. 106) resembles Abraham's sacrifice of his son to God(Genesis 22). Like Abraham, George didn't want to kill Lennie but he knew that it was the best thing he could've done. It was hard to do it, but in order to keep living on he had to sacrifice a person he loved so dearly. Allusion 1 Allusion 2 Allusion 3 Allusion 4 Allusion 5 Allusion 6 Allusion 7 Allusion 8
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