How Does John Stienbeck Create Tension in Chapter 2

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Great Depression Pages: 2 (748 words) Published: January 22, 2013
How does John Steinbeck create tension in chapter 2

Chapter two consists with George and Lennie starting work at a new farm. They meet the other ranch workers and the boss's aggressive son Curley, and also his wife who comes into the bunk house and flirts with George an Lennie. As soon as Lennie glances at Curley's wife, he is instantly attracted to her and George is worried by this. George makes Lennie promise to meet him by the pool if there is any trouble. For example , in weed when Lennie felt the little girls dress. Another character they meet is slim, he is in charge of the horses and also he is a man with natural authority. There are two separate styles of writing in of mice and men; descriptive style and dialogue. The dialogue in 'Of Mice and Men' is very realistic. Steinbeck tried to imitate the way the ranch workers spoke. He could have had George say (page35)' I have seen women like this before, but I have never seen one as worse as a woman that has been put in jail.' As it is , he has George say ' I seen' em poison before , but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her.' The language of Steinbeck's characters is written down in a way that allows you almost to hear the characters speaking and also their actions. Steinbeck spells words that reflects how illiterate some of the characters are. He also spells words like that, to reflect how they sound in the mouths of ordinary people not how the words appear in a dictionary. One of the techniques Steinbeck used was to leave the beginning and end off words. For example Steinbeck writes "an" for "and", "jus" for "just", "gonna" for "going to do something.." Steinbeck tends to start a chapter in a descriptive style, he often incorporates the natural beauty of the setting and the fertility of the land. (chapter 1) ' a few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to hillside bank.' whereas in this chapter, a description of the bunk house is given, it lacks comfort. ' Inside the...
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