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Naturalism is the belief that humans are animals with animal thoughts and instincts In John Steinbecks of Mice and Men there are many instances where naturalism is used The characters especially Lennie are compared to animals frequently Many of the characters also have primitive unfeeling attitudes The animalistic qualities of Steinbecks characters show the naturalistic attitude of the book Throughout the book characters are compared to animals Lennie is compared the most often Snorting into the water like a horse pg 3 The way a bear drags his paws pg2 Lennie covered his face with huge paws and bleated with terror pg63-- all of those things show Lennie as an animal Curley too is compared to an animal -- Curley was flopping like a fish on a line pg 63 Steinbecks comparison of these people to animals gives them a raw rough quality The characters are also constantly shown as being heartless and uncaring For example Carlson cruelly demanded that Candy kill the dog not understanding that the dog was a friend to Candy and that Candy loved him Lets get it over with We cant sleep with him stinkin around in here pg47 Carlson says which showed that he was more concerned with the smell than he was with killing the old mans best friend Carlson also shows how unemotional and insensitive he is when the men find that George killed Lennie He doesnt seem to understand that this was a man that just killed his friend Now the hell ya suppose is eatin them two guys pg107 Carlson is clueless to what George is feeling Curley also has a very insensitive attitude When the men find Curleys wife dead Curley seems to want to kill Lennie not to avenge his wife but just because he didnt like Lennie Lennie too showed basic animal instincts by grabbing on to Curleys wifes hair when she tried to pull away He did the
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