The Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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Steinbeck presents readers with a variety of key settings in Of Mice and Men, all of which are individually explored at different points within the novella. His description of a setting§ varies depending on the ideas he intends to explore within it. Steinbeck uses settings to explore themes, structure, and context. He conveys his ideas on a setting using carefully selected language, events which occur within said setting and structural techniques.
At the very beginning of the novella, Steinbeck immediately introduces readers to the important setting of ‘The Brush’. Steinbeck uses ‘The Brush’ as a literary device for exploring the theme of dreams. The tranquil atmosphere of The Brush contrasts heavily with the chaotic atmosphere on the ranch. Steinbeck may have deliberately contrasted these two settings to reiterate/emphasise just how peaceful The Brush is. 
The Brush resembles the land which George and Lennie aspire to one day live on. It’s peaceful, isolated, and home to an abundance of wildlife. Steinbeck conveys this idea through his description of the setting in the way he writes ‘Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening,’ this sentence paints an image in the reader’s head of a calm and picturesque scene causing them to associate the setting with peace. The phrase ‘sit on the sand in the evening,’ connotes a relaxing image because an ‘evening’ surrounded by ‘sand’ and wildlife is a scene typically affiliated with relaxation. This theme of…

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