Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Plot Summary: George and Lennie are two migrant workers that dream of having a farm. They are on the run in California because Lennie wanted to touch a girl’s dress (it was soft) and she accused him of harassing her. They go to a ranch and get jobs by telling the boss that Lennie is George’s cousin; he got kicked in the head by a horse when he was young and it’s why he’s so dumb. There, they meet Candy, the handyman, and Curley, the mean spirited boss’s son. Curley is recently married, and his wife flirts with all of the workers; which makes Curley very protective and jealous. Lennie and Curley’s wife meet briefly, causing George to be worried about Lennie liking …show more content…
The author also uses imagery when he describes the soft things Lennie likes to pet.
Symbolism- I think the dream farm symbolizes the American dream and how it’s not easy to earn everything you want; especially when you have obstacles (like Lennie) in your way.
Foreshadowing- George keeps saying how easy his life would be without Lennie, and how he should just leave him, and in the end he actually shoots and kills Lennie.
Theme- Solitude and camaraderie, because all of the characters at one time or another struggle with being alone, and finding friends to confess and talk to. Camaraderie also fits Lennie and George’s situation, because George stuck with Lennie through thick and thin until he was forced to shoot him.
Figurative Language- There are many examples of figurative language in this book, but here are a few: “A water snake slipped along the pool, its head held up like a little periscope.” This sentence is comparing a water snake to a periscope by using the word like, so it’s a simile. “The shade climbed up the hills toward the top.” The sentence is giving an unanimated object an action, so it’s a