Imagery In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The novella ‘of Mice and Men’ was written by John Steinbeck in the 1930s. It is set in a difficult period of time when America was sunk in deep depression. However, themes of loyalty shine brightly throughout the novella. He shows that even though Americas economy is in tatters, loyalty can still be as prominent. There were also distinct themes of disloyalty, mainly between characters. This creates a connection with the reader, making the characters more relatable. The novella is overall strong and powerful in making sure the reader is not oblivious to loyalty to characters, themes and setting.

At the beginning of the chapter one and the start of the final chapter, Steinbeck uses stunning natural imagery to set the scene. However, there are several clear similarities and differences between the two chapters. It is shown that Steinbeck has remained loyal to setting but has made subtle changes to improve the overall reading quality of the novella. The beginning of chapter one and six both are set beside the silinas river. In chapter one, the mood is very peaceful, possibly representing the calm before the storm. This is proven by quotes like ‘slipped twinkling over the yellow sands’ or ‘the leaves lie deep and crisp’. In contrast to this the mood at the end of the novella is much more disrupted. This
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George says ‘Lennie, for God’s sake don’t drink so much!’ This shows that he clearly knows Lennie very well which could only have been created through loyalty and trust between the two men. George also cares about Lennie’s wellbeing as if he didn’t he wouldn’t have stopped him drinking the water. It demonstrates that George supports Lennie and assists him to make decisions he would be otherwise incapable of making himself. This could only be possible due to loyalty which George with holds throughout the whole
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