Of Mice and Men Clever and Thought Provoking

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Gavin Walsh
‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck is a clever and thought provoking book. Discuss this statement. ‘Of mice and Men’ written by john Steinbeck is a clever and thought provoking book in how the author uses the theme of loneliness. Many of the characters including Lennie, Crooks, George and Curley’s wife admit to once being lonely and isolated. Steinbeck shows very well how each of these characters loves the comfort of a friend but will settle for the odd stranger when they’re desperate for help. The amazing language and style of writing used by the author is shown clearly as it mirrors his characters. Steinbeck’s technique of writing is clever and simple yet compelling because the characters are working class people who don’t have access to big vocabularies but he can still show the large amounts of emotions the characters have. John Steinbeck also explains things that seem difficult with the amount of detail he describes it with, with such ease. ‘At about ten o’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beams flies shot like rushing stars.’ This description quickly creates the image in our minds using only short, simple, everyday words. It’s also amazing in how Steinbeck’s language carries such elevated themes and emotions with simplicity. When George kills Lennie, Steinbeck allows the description to be as bare and straight-forward as what is happening. He does this to allow the reader to feel the sadness of the situation and makes it all the more shocking for them. Part of John Steinbeck’s brilliance is the subtle usage of language. He can make words sing and rhyme to give us a better image of what is taking place but he is very good in that the action or description doesn’t seem like it’s clouded over with poetry. Instead, it just reads like real life. Steinbeck uses many places and settings as symbols to different themes, relationships between characters, emotions and places...
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