Comparing Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men And 12 Angry Men

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Comparative Essay When you hear someone’s name for the first time you instantly start to judge them. You judge them by what they look like and where they are from before you even meet them. Have you ever been curious about what your name meant? What do people think about you? What if you didn’t have a name? In Of Mice and Men and 12 Angry Men, the characters do not have names, but they resemble a group in society. Both authors rely on the groups of society to help shape the characters of their books. For example, in 12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose, does not name the characters he chose for the jury members, but he refers to them as Juror #1, #2, etc… Each juror, of course, has a different personality. Picking a name for each Juror would have just meant that the name chosen would have been their identifier, but not choosing a name meant…show more content…
In 12 Angry Men, Juror #10 says, “Boy, are you smart! Well, I’m tellin’ ‘ya we better watch out! This kid on trial here, his type… Well, don’t you know about them?” he says “his type” as if he is better than the boy on trial because he is not on trial for murder. Perhaps maybe those not having names would represented them being symbolic of the different groups in society. In Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife does not have a name. All the men judge her and expect her to be the perfect woman figure and do her duties as a woman. Curley’s wife was expected to stay in the house and not communicate with any of the other men at the ranch. She is symbolic of all the other women in society. In this time period, women were treated poorly by men. She was expected to perform to perform normal womanly duties as a wife. Many times in the book, she breaks these “rules” and decided that she
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