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Category:Book ReportsPaper Title:Of Mice & Men compared to My Brother JackText:Sow how the personalities of the principle characters have affected theirrelationships and the power they have been able to exert in those relationships.In society, the identity/personality of people often affects theirrelationships and the power they have within those relationships. The issue ofpower varies considerably in law and moral values, and the amount of powerobtained varies in accordance to the position of whom in the relationship it isheld by. It is then dependent on the personality of the person as whether thepower is exerted or not, and if so how it is done. Through the novels Of Miceand Men and My Brother Jack parallels can be drawn between principlecharacters in reference to their personalities and how this affects theirrelationships and the power they have been able to exert in those relationships.

There are many similarities between the characters of both novels such as Georgeand Lennie with Jack and Davy, Curly and his wife with Jack Senior and Min, alsothe relationship that Curly and Davy had with those in the workforce and thepower they exerted through that. From these examples you will discover theaffect of power one has through their personalities and the relationships theyhave.In Of Mice and Men the two main characters, George and Lennie, have avery close relationship. George and Lennie were best friends and went everywheretogether, always looking after each other.George was a character with leadership skills, he was the one who providedfor the two, and this was mainly due to the fact he was the brains out of thepair. He was responsible, alert and very smart, and it was because of thesefactors that made him a very cunning sort of person.

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In their friendship Georgewas the parental figure to Lennie as it is demonstrated in the following quote:George undid his bundle and bought out three cans of beans. He stood themabout the fire, close in against the blaze, but not quite touching the flame(Page 11)Here George cooks tea for Lennie, just like a parental figure. Through theportrayal of a parental figure, George had power over Lennie.

Lennie looked upto George and as a result he would do what George told him. George used hispower over Lennie to control him, controlling what he said and did. This controlwas used to Georges advantage as it was through his power over Lennie thatGeorge was able to find work, with only a main concern for himself. Despite allthat George was, Lennie also had power in their relationship.

Lennie can bedescribed as being dumb, irresponsible, of child innocence, hopeful, dependenton George and physically very strong. His power in the relationship,surprisingly, did not lie in his physical strength, it lay in his ability tomanipulate George through his characteristic of a child like innocence. Lenniespower was emotional power, and he used it to manipulate George into having pityfor him by way of guilt.Cause I can jus as well go away, George, an livein a cave (page 17)As Lennie was dumb, his physical power was not used properly to his bestadvantage. Lennie only used his physical power to protect George and himself,and it was even at these times that he used it on command from George.

The relationship George and Lennie had was very similar to that of Jack andDavy. Though George and Lennie were not brothers like Jack and Davy, they had abrotherly relationship between them. In My Brother Jack Jack and Davyshared a brotherly relationship. It wasnt one that was not overly close butit was one where the younger brother looked up to the older one, when they wereyoung. Though as time went on and they grew into adults with their own familiesthe position each of them held swapped, having the older brother looking up tothe younger one as situations changed. Jack was a very loud person, who was veryconfident in himself for the first half of the book. He was straight forward-never beating around the bush, humorous, bold/brave, strong willed, very loyaland open.

From these traits Jack became a very popular boy in his childhood,something Davy was not, making him want to be even more like his older brother.This strong influence was very powerful in the relationship between the twobrothers, so powerful that Davy wanted to prove he could be just as good- if notbetter than his big brother. Such a feeling, as this, led Davy to beat up a”special” child.I hit him and hit him and hit him until his face was covered with bloodIsaw Jack approaching. I looked across for his approbation, but hi face was hardset.(page 45-46)Davy, in comparison to Jack, was quite the opposite.

Davy was quiet, wasdevious, had selfish motives, lacked in loyalty, and was a follower with no realgoals or opinions- similar to Lennie only much smarter and alert. Davy waseasily manipulated, which is particularly demonstrated through his relationshipwith Helen. Helen told Davy what to do, how to run his life etc, and Davy chosenot to do anything about it. Again in this relationship Davy is the follower,but he remains powerless in this relationship throughout the novel where it isnot the case in the relationship between Jack and Davy.When the two brothers became adults Davy became the more popular one out ofthe two. It was through Davys work that he was able to achieve publicrecognition and hence popularity, whereas Jack hadnt become more than ahusband with a family to support.

Jack now looked up to Davy and all hissuccess, which led him to later live his life through Davy.he had invested all his brave pride and passion and purpose in me.I had become his vicarious adventure (Page 365)Davy, and what he had become now had power over Jacks life. Davy hadntobtained this power over Jacks life intentionally, it wasnt until towardthe end that Davy realised the impact he had on his brother, and the same canalso be said for Jack when he and Davy were young.The relationships above are ones of friendship and kinsman, both of which arecommon in both novels. Another type of relationship commonly found in bothnovels is the relationship between husband and wife.

In Of Mice and MenCurly and wife had a very unstable marriage. It lacked communication, love andrespect. Curly was manipulative, intimidating, ignorant and very insensitive.

All of these characteristics were taken into the marriage, and affected his wifewho was a very lonely young women with dreams and the need to be loved. She wasalso very devious and was not the least bit stupid. It is obvious to say thatCurly had power over his wife in their marriage as she never once attempted toleave Curly this could be due to the fact that she was married to a man with ahouse, a great job and money. Possessions like this added to the power Curly hadover her. The only type of power Curlys wife had, which is recognised throughthe text, is power over Curlys mind. Curlys wife often would wander offand flirt with the male workers on the ranch, and being the beautiful woman thatshe was, men would take notice. The thought of this scared Curly and would oftenstress him out, resulting in him constantly looking for her.

You seen a girl around here? he demanded angrily. (Page 39)In the novel My Brother Jack the marriage relationship between JackSenior and Min has similarities to that of Curly and his wife. Thesesimilarities only cover the fact that the husband is the most dominant andpowerful in the relationships and that the personalities of them are also verymuch the same. Jack Senior had the same characteristics as Curly, he was achauvinist, authoritative, self centered, insensitive, and insocialable. He hadphysical power over his children also which is seen when he beat Jack and Davy.

A lot of Jack Seniors traits are responsible for his power and the difficultmarriage. Min, his wife, was a very loving, family orientated, self-sacrificingperson- the complete opposite to her husband. She loved Jack Senior very muchand that is why she stayed with him, she probably couldnt bare the thought ofleaving him to fend for himself. Min didnt have much power, and the powerthat she did possess was used not for her own benefit but for the benefit ofothers. Min was a very reserved person. Overtime she had found a way toneutralise herself from the power Jack senior had over her so that she felt safeand protected.Dad was powerless to hurt or intimidate or frighten her (Page 216)In both novels there was at least one character that through theirpersonalities, and relationships with those in the work force, they were able toexert power.The characters I am referring to are Curly, Of Mice and Men, and Davy,My Brother Jack.

Both these characters, through their personalities, insome way abused or took advantage of the power they had in the relationshipswith fellow workers. The workers did not respect Curly, having his personalityalready been described above. He only had power over weak people that could notstand up for themself. Using the tool of manipulation he would get his own way.Curly loved to control people and it was these factors which were the mainreason why Curlys relationship with the other workers was not wellestablished, he never allowed himself to be brought to their standard.

Davy hadsimilar characteristics but wasnt as controlling. Davy kept to himself anddone his job, though when he went over seas Davy used his friends. Again here itwas in his personality to be lazy and use others.

A lot of what Davy wrote aboutwasnt written at first hand, he gathered information from those who had beenin the incident or at it when it occurred. He took the information, wrote it upand put his name on it. It was very deceiving as it led people to believe thathe was there in the action, when he wasnt. Davy obtains power through therecognition of his pieces of work, and from the fame that came with it. Thisfame was not gained fairly; the same too for the power Curly had because hegained his through his father being the head boss of the ranch.

Clearly from the personalities of the principle characters from the novelsOf Mice and Men and My Brother Jack their relationships and thepower they exerted from those relationships were affected in one way or another.Through the relationships of brothers to husband and wife to work colleges, thepersonality of a person will determine the types of relationships they will haveand the power they will exert within them, whether it be for beneficiary reasonsor not. What type of relationships do you have, based on your personality?Book Reports

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