Of Mice And Men Tone Analysis

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck has a powerful setting that combines well with the tone of the story. The story setting takes place through the Great Depression, which left several people in vain for work and money. Tone is explained to be the attitudes that an author has towards a subject. From the beginning of the book readers become aware of the tone being sympathetic, realistic, and honest. Although Steinbeck shows sympathy for his characters, it doesn’t compel him to give the story a “happily ever after” ending. For example, George is a farmer with a good heart, but in the end he ends up shooting his best friend Lennie out of mercy. Steinbeck also contradicts poverty and minimal resources with friendship and dreams of having a better life. George and Lennie are traveling farmers searching for work, they don’t have a permanent home. However, they have a dream of owning their own farm and Lennie gets to tame the rabbits. This contradiction was an honest way that Steinbeck informed his readers that the American Dream was just a dream that never ended up coming true for some people during the Great Depression. This book was written in the style of naturalism which is at times portrayed to be a very daunting genre. Characters in naturalism are typically preyed upon their…show more content…
His disability doesn’t allow Lennie to comprehend the consequences of his actions. Lennie has a fascination of touching soft thins. This obsession led him to being accused of rape because he touched Curley’s wife’s dress. Steinbeck portrays him in a way that makes readers think he’s innocent however, we can’t be quick to judge. Lennie continued looking at Curley’s wife even after George told him to stop. Readers made their own assumption on the innocence of characters without the influence of Steinbeck. His approach made reading feel like we’re all one in the same, going through the hardships of
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