Comparing Steinbeck's Of Mice And Man

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“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.” – Yann Martel. This quotation means that when life comes good or bad you have to except it in order to make the best of it. For example if I am having a miserable day then its either I go with the flow or I ruin my day even more. If I was to go with the flow then my day would turn out much better than if I wasn’t to go with the flow and try to go against nature. I agree with this quote because it shows that life isn’t only good or bad but its both and we, as humans, should know how to make the best of it. This quote can relate to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Simone Elkeles’ Leaving paradise. The quote above can relate to the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.…show more content…
This book is nothing like Of Mice and Men; in fact I believe this book to relate to the quote better than Of Mice and Men. Caleb Becker, a main character, recently got out of jail. He was put in there because he hit the other main character, Maggie Armstrong. While Caleb rioted in prison, Maggie spent months in surgery fixing her leg. But towards the middle of the book Caleb and Maggie fall in love. Even though Caleb supposedly hit Maggie with his car she and him “… [Took] life the way it [came] at [them] and [made] the best of it.” They both worked with each other. Caleb worked for his community service and Maggie worked to receive money. Apparently Caleb and Maggie’s families didn’t want them together but who could blame them, if Caleb never hit her it would have been a difference story. Caleb and Maggie didn’t care what they said though and went on to loving each other and secretly meeting up. They enjoyed life together, side by side. Simone used the theme of love and tragedy to convince her audience that even though life is hard sometimes you just have to take the good with the bad and make the best of it. This refers to the quote as well. Its ironic how she almost died and he almost died too but when placed together, side by side, they can overcome

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