Rhetorical Techniques In Of Mice And Men

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In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, it highlights two migrant workers named George and Lennie who go to a ranch in the Salinas Valley during the Great Depression in the search for employment. They come here in search for a job after an incident in Weed that forces Lennie and George to flee. In the third person point of view, the novel quickly reveals that Lennie is mentally handicapped while George is looking after Lennie to keep him out of trouble. George and Lennie work tirelessly to fulfill their dream of owning their own land, but that dream tarnishes when Lennie kills Curley’s wife at the end of the novel. As this plot unfolds before the reader, Steinbeck develops his earnest and straightforward style mainly through the heavy …show more content…
In the narration, abstract and elevated language is used to portray characterization. For example in Chapter two, when Slim is introduced to the plot, it says, “[Slim] He was a jerkline skinner, the prince of the ranch, capable of driving ten, sixteen, even twenty mules with a single line to the leaders,” (33). The elevated language here helps the audience depict that Slim is a strong, well-respected man. Because of the sophistication in the passage, the audience will develop a better appreciation for Slim as a character. On the other hand, Steinbeck starkly changes his use of diction within the dialogue to impact solely on the characters and tone of this story. He uses low, informal, and colloquial language that contains the heavy use of slang. For example, in Chapter three, Slim and George are talking about Lennie. Slim says, “Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella,” (40). The low, informal, and colloquial language in this particular text allows the audience to infer Slim and the other characters in this novel are just ordinary people during the Great Depression. They are not high in social status, since they do not feel the need to talk in a sophisticated way. Along with that, the passage reveals the straightforward style and nature of Steinbeck’s writing. Slim is earnest with George in saying that a man can be smart but not …show more content…
When George talks to Slim in Chapter three, he reveals that “him and me was both born in Auburn” (40), that Aunt Clara took care of Lennie, and that “when his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along” (40) to work with him. This flashback is extremely significant in that it reveals Lennie’s backstory and helps the audience know that someone has always been taking care of him all throughout his life due to being mentally handicapped. It appeals to the audience’s emotions in that they feel more respect towards George in that he took it upon himself to take care of Lennie for such a long time despite what George could do without him. These uses of chronological events and important flashbacks revealed Steinbeck’s straightforward and earnest style in concisely revealing the events and context of the

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