Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck Essay

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In the beginning of Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men we are presented with the natural and beautiful setting of the brush. The brush is presented as an idyllic setting that serves as a paradise and as a sanctuary from the harsh reality and problems of the 1930s in rural America. We see the brush as an escape from reality, this is shown in the description: “The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands”.
Steinbeck describes the water as warm to highlight the welcoming setting. By describing the setting like this, it serves as a contrast to the other settings in the book and so reiterates its purpose of a being a sanctuary from the problems of the 1930s. The phrase ‘slipped twinkling,’ helps to emphasize the relaxed slow feel of the area as this movement of water sounds lethargic. The use of the verb “twinkling” has positive connotations and suggests the Brush to be a mystical or enchanted place as it appears to be a childlike word. The ‘yellow sands,’ reflect the warmth of the brush as the colour yellow is commonly associated with the emotion happiness. This vivid description provides an image which creates the sense of a rural paradise. The pool has “branches that arch over”. The “branches” pose us with an image of protection as if it is protecting the inhabitants of the brush. Steinbeck uses this in order to show us that the brush is a temporary retreat that offers shelter from the harsh reality of 1930s America.

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