How Does Steinbeck Cause a Sense of Drama in of Mice and Men

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How does Steinbeck create a sense of drama in this section of the novel? This section of the novel is about the fight between Curley and Lennie; it is dramatic because it is unfair on the both of them, Lennie because he didn’t do anything wrong and Curley because Lennie is a lot stronger. Steinbeck creates the drama by using things like imagery for example when he says “flopping like a fish”. The tension between the characters in this section makes the fight inevitable (it is definitely going to happen).

At the beginning of the extract the atmosphere takes a sudden turn making it clear to the reader that something dreadful is about to happen. The fact that it changes so suddenly suggests to the reader that this sudden twist of atmosphere is the lead up to something tragic. Slim’s words about Curley’s wife- “God damn wife” shows that a dispute is about to happen, considering slim is usually laid back and kind to everyone, his tone is straight and intense displaying his anger . Therefore switching the atmosphere from happy and calm to heated and tense. Steinbeck leads this drama to the point of Curley’s outburst.

Steinbeck adds to the drama of the section by Carlson, Slim and Candy all picking on Curley. This builds drama because Curley is the boss’ son they should be scared to insult him but they aren’t they back him into the corner making him feel small , this suggests to the reader they have a sort of authority over him and he isn’t as strong as he says. “Candy joined the attack with joy.” Because candy is an old man and potentially weak this suggests to the reader that Curley cannot stand up for himself and therefore suggests to the reader that something dramatic is about to happen as Curley now needs to prove his authority and strength. As a result of this he turns to someone he believes if he fights him then he will prove his authority and strength and if he loses the big guy should have picked on someone his own size.

The person Curley turns to...
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