Creating a Feeling, Establishing a Mood Essay

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Set a mood. The tools that can be used are detailed descriptions and accuracy in structuring sentences. The author who wrote Of Mice and Men (the story regarding George Milton, Lennie Small, their dreams of one day owning land, and what they do to try to achieve that dream) does just that. One of the book’s key features is the method in which the various settings are written and described. In his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck sets a mood with each setting by the use of eloquent and vivid, or simple and plain descriptions, and different types of sentence structures. Steinbeck begins the story by creating a serene mood when describing the setting. He illustrates how the Salinas River looks, and stating that “the water is warm …show more content…
George and Lennie arrive at their destination: a bunk house that the migrant workers occupy. Inside the bunk house, there are eight bunks, and “over each bunk there [is] nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. And [those] shelves [are] loaded with little articles, soap and talcum powder, razors and those Western magazines ranch men love to read and scoff at and secretly believe. And there [are] medicines on the shelves, and little vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few neckties” (19). The way Steinbeck describes the bunk house greatly contrasts to how he describes Salinas River; when describing Salinas River, he uses expressive adjectives and details, however, when describing the bunk house, he offers none—it’s simply a list of things over each occupant’s bunk. This makes the description less lively and duller. He repeats “and” at the beginning of each sentence in order to convey that the bunk house is seen as a monotonous and unexciting place. Steinbeck’s use of simple sentences conveys that the bunk house is plain and bleak. He uses a similar technique when describing Crooks’ bunk (Crooks is an isolated worker because he is black). His “bunk [is] a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets [are] flung. On the wall by the window there [are]

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