Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the implications of reading John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men as a parable. Through a comparison of the novel's character types and plot events to similar features in the parables of Christ, this article argues that the root cause of Steinbeck's characters' aching loneliness is pride, which prevents them from making meaningful connections with other human beings. The antidote to their pitiable condition, humility, seems out of reach for most of the characters who are unable to overcome their own hubris and self-love in order to establish authentic relationships with others.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1938-6214
Print ISSN
1546-007x
Pages
pp. 131-150
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-23
Open Access
No
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