One of John Steinbeck most notable works, Of Mice and Men, a novella based on American life in the 1910s, tells the story of George and Lennie. Two ranch workers based in California who travel around the state trying to find work during the Great Depression. As George and Lennie are hired at a new farm, concepts such as friendship and violence appear in the novella. Steinbeck develops these ideas using elements such as imagery, syntax, and details.
Towards the end of chapter one, Lennie and George had gotten into an argument, an argument bad enough for Lennie to suggest that he leaves. George realizes how much he and Lennie need each other, leading them to discuss what makes them so different compared to other guys. (Steinbeck 11-14) Steinbeck uses both imagery and syntax to help convey the message of friendship. After the fight, George tells Lennie the plan of their future ranch. Using imagery, the reader has a visual and can imagine the ranch, ¨O.K. Someday--we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an´ a cow and some pigs and--” (Steinbeck 14). Right after, Lennie says “An´ have rabbits. Go on George!” (Steinbeck 14) This line uses syntax, and it helps convey Lennie’s excitement for he and George’s future. …show more content…
In this chapter, George has gone to ask Slim if Lennie could have one of his puppies. After agreeing, Slim mentions that he admires not only 2 guys traveling with each other, but to have them also care for each other (Steinbeck 39). For this chapter, details and syntax are used to communicate the theme. Details for example when George tells Slim that Lennie isn’t a mean guy, it just shows how close Lennie and George are. For syntax, George gets defensive when Slim laughs about Lennie and George, ¨´What's funny about it?´ George demanded defensively” (Steinbeck
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First, let’s start out with the fact that Lennie and George were like family and George knew what was best for Lennie. They did everything together and George has always been there for him. Lennie said, “An’ I got you. We got each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us” (Steinbeck 104).
George tells Lennie on page 15, “ Sure we will,’ George said “Red and blue and green rabbits, Lennie. MIllions of’ em.” When George tells Lennie this he knows that their dream possibly won't come true. He knows it is not possible to have millions of red, blue, and green rabbits. He tells Lennie this to keep Lennie's hopes up.
To begin, Steinbeck’s application of figurative language expresses Lennie as an animal showing how he is mindless and needs George as a caretaker. For example, “Lennie dipped his whole head under, hat and all, and then he sat up on the bank and his hat dripped down on his blue coat and ran down his back” (3). This conveys how Lennie symbolically, like a dog, drank the water by dumping his entire head underwater. The average man like George scooped the water to drink it presenting Lennie as not bright.
When George and Lennie are together, they enjoy discussing their ideas for achieving the American Dream. They believe they will "have a little house and a couple acres" and "a rabbit hutch and chickens" in the future. The quote showcases George and Lennie's profound devotion and dedication to their friendship. Their mutual aspiration to reside together in the future and assist each other in all circumstances reinforces their connection. It enables them to overcome challenging situations by providing a collective goal to look forward to; they serve a purpose in each other's lives.
Steinbeck, in addition to demonstrating the loveliness of his novel in his use of figurative language, uses contrasting descriptions to emphasize striking details of the text. For example, the author highlights the opposing traits of George and Lennie by describing the two in rapid succession. Steinbeck shows Lennie’s submissive nature by immediately identifying that he follows closely behind George as they walk together (Steinbeck 2). He next details George’s small stature and “sharp features”, and then quickly relates it to the opposing traits of Lennie and his towering frame and “shapeless face” (2). Lennie trudges heavily, “dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws,” hardly trying to keep up with George’s brisk pace (2).
This story is the dream that the two hope to accomplish after receiving enough income from the ranch job they hope to acquire. The dream involves animals, crops, and their very own farm in which they hope will provide enough money for free and leisure life style. George starts the story with an image of a ranch workers life, explaining that a ranch worker has nothing to look forward to and nobody to accompany them. He then explains that the two of them are different because they have each other. Steinbeck uses this to give the reader a powerful sense of friendship between the two
Throughout the novella, Steinbeck shows the reader differences between characters with the presence and the lack of friendship. The presence of friendship in George and Lennie’s relationship is key to why they stick together through everything. At first, the novella makes it seem that George is only friends with Lennie because of Lennie's disabilities. George promised Lennie’s Aunt that he would protect him when she is gone. George states that “‘When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’.
Through Lennie and George's relationship, Steinbeck illustrates how with
George is a short, smart man. He is a migrant farm worker who has to take care of his best friend Lennie who is cognitively impaired. While they were about to go to sleep near the brush calmly like a bedtime story, George said “ Someday we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and rabbits”(Steinbeck pg 14). This proves that he and Lennie is going
The relationship between the characters George and Lennie is a strong example of friendship in this novel. George and Lennie had been friends since they were kids; Lennie has always relied on George to get him out of tough situations since he is mentally challenged. When George and Lennie had arrived at the ranch the boss was wondering why Lennie couldn’t speak for himself; and that is when George had to step in, “George said, ‘He’s my … cousin. I told his old lady I’d take care of him.
By using language elements, specifically dialogue, John Steinbeck is able to create George as a patient man, who is able to put up with the bothersome and unacceptable behavior of his partner,
Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie as a strong worker and a big guy. He gives us an idea or visual idea to the point he trying to get across. If Steinbeck just says Lennie is just a big guy people will just think of a guy that would be considered big for a normal human being. If he didn’t use imagery to describe how big he is we/I wouldn’t visualize his actual size. Imagery is the main reason that people see Lennie and george as different people.
John Steinback uses characterization and difficult choices to display George looking out for the wellbeing of his friends additionally being a good