Visions And Similes In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In 1937 John Steinbeck wrote the novella Of Mice and Men, in order to express his societal conscience about America in the 1930’s. Of Mice and Men is about visions, friendship and hope. It’s a story about the nature of human visions and ambitions and the forces that work against them as it is the story of two men. The principal theme of this bestselling novel is that humans give importance to their lives and to their futures by creating dreams. Without dreams and goals, life is a limitless stream of days that have diminutive joining or meaning. It tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new employment opportunities during the Great Depression in California, …show more content…
The novel relies heavily on descriptive writing when the focus is on the natural environment. Steinbeck used the literary device Simile. There are many similes in this book to show how two things compare. The phrase, “…flies shot like rushing stars” (52). It’s a simile that describes the conditions in the bunk that George and Lennie were living in. In addition, many metaphors were used in this novella, mainly to describe individual’s personalities. This phrase, “Godlike eyes fastened on to him”, is a metaphor that shows how the character Slim looked at people since the reader knows that Slim in reality is not a god. The novel also reflects its dramatic origins in the amount of dialogue it contains. Most of the story is narrated through dialogue, for example, “So you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I? (4) Frequently, there is fast interchange between speakers with only a few occasions of monologue. Periods of dialogue are scattered with short descriptions of background features, such as noises and differences in light, both of which features Steinbeck uses symbolically, dramatically and to create mood and atmosphere. In addition, Steinbeck’s prose does contain long complex sentences and he used occasional Latinate words, but, for the most part, his prose is simple, clear and easily accessible reflecting the natural prose …show more content…
The reason I enjoyed Of Mice and Men was for the reason that its plot and prose are straightforward and unadorned, but the impact of the final chapters is unforgettable. Also its themes continue to be relevant to 21st Century society. It reads rather quickly, and it took me less than a couple of days to complete. It is only six chapters long and about one hundred and eighty six pages Additionally, Lennie and George are iconic characters, and Steinbeck 's presentation of their interfaces with the hands at the Salinas ranch is pitch-perfect. Similar to any other novel, Of Mice and Men also has imperfections that as a reader, a negative aspect about the novel is the belligerent language. Mainly for racial slurs, being anti- business, and containing offensive language. The offensive language within the novel is used realistically by characters to show their own common vernacular. The “n” word is used as a racial slur a few times and the “g.d.” phrase is spoken within conversations throughout the book, all within context of the

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