I submit that any book widely considered as classic literature has to have masterful use of literary elements and compelling depictions of themes. Of Mice and Men is written in a way that both of these components are transparently shown in the novel. One of the primary literary elements that makes Steinbeck’s novel so compelling is the skillful characterization of the two protagonists, George and Lennie. As the story begins you are introduced to a rag-tag duo of traveling laborers, George, a small and quick-tongued man, and Lennie, a massive lumbering man who is not nearly as bright as his counterpart. Through George’s wall of condescension and sarcasm you find out that there is deep love for Lennie within him.
I strongly agree with the quotation, “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” I believe this quotation means that when everything starts to get grim and go amiss, that is when people start to understand things clearer and see from a different point of view. This quote relates to the two novels, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In the story Flowers for Algernon, the character Charlie Gordon can relate to the quotation. When Charlie learns he is going to grow more intelligent he can’t wait to have the surgery done. He believes he will have more friends and know everything.
In both the play and the film he is presented as a highly educated character as he shows awareness of the world, especially in his Queen Mab speech where he shows imagination.He frequently speaks in poetry which shows a higher level of intellect and demonstrates furthermore how he is a relative of the Prince. He makes references to methodology throughout 'You are a lover, borrow cupid's wings' which reinforces this statement. Mercutio is famous for his staunch opposition towards love by creating a negative image of it. 'Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down' this is when Mercutio has not long been introduced and immediately familiarises the audience with Mercutios use of Sexual language will making the audience interested in the type of character he is. He doesn't try to empathise with Romeo about his love for Rosaline, 'If love be rough with you, you be rough with love.'
"Of mice and men", by John Steinbeck is a classic novella with containing pages filled with awe-inspiring literature, that has brought smiles as well as tears to all of its readers. There are several cultural issues that Steinbeck incorporates into this text, using effective techniques and a very articulate writing style to make this novella one to be remembered long after the final pages have been read. The main cultural issues that evolve through the course of the novel include racism, alienation and the constantly evolving issue of hope. The main cultural issue that evolve during the course of the novella is discrimination and prejudice. There are three main people in the novella who are discriminated against in this text.
One technique he certainly utilizes more than once is exaggeration. By embellishing the story, he heightens the enjoyment for his reader, and also gets his point across more clearly. Furthermore, satire and sarcasm help illustrate what Sedaris finds absurd, while still making it humorous. In “I Pledge Allegiance to the Bag,” Sedaris ridicules American tendencies by writing, “Trains don’t normally sneak up on people. Unless they’re derailed, you pretty much know where to find them…” (216).
Gladwell is a great story teller. All of his examples are in a story form. All his stories have the same meaning. It’s a great book to start with but at the end it is quite boring. There should have been some graphical representations in the book.
George loved Lennie and Lennie loved George. In the beginning of the book George shooting Lennie was the last thing on my mind. For they had already been in trouble. I was expecting them just to run like that last occurance. George must have been tired of
The sentence "Give it here!" referring to the dead mouse, emphasises the commanding tone that George uses to control Lennie. George uses his power over Lennie as a way for him to make sure that Lennie doesn't get in trouble. Power of seduction is used within the novel to gain attention that would otherwise be unattainable. Curly's wife uses her sexuality and desirability to influence and exert power over others, but it causes her to face prejudice and discrimination.
In Of Mice and Men, the friendship that George and Lennie share forms the core of the novel, and although Steinbeck likes to exaggerate it, he never questions its sincerity. George and Lennie provide protection, companionship, acceptance to the world, quality of work, friendship, and mental stability for each other throughout the book. In this book George and Lennie demonstrate friendship amidst horrendous times showing the people in this time hope, courage and belief. George and Lennie provided protection for each other by standing up and being there for each other. At the beginning of the book George considers Lennie another frustration to deal with so he says to Lennie “You just stand there and don’t say nothing”.
John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men is often considered a classic work of American literature – its gritty realism stuck a chord with critics and readers during the Great Depression in which the novel takes place, and with its strong imagery yet accessible prose, it tackled many of the same themes that would later appear in Steinbeck’s famed novel The Grapes of Wrath, particularly the impossibility of and disillusionment with the “American Dream”. The majority of the characters in Of Mice and Men express a desire to chase the alusive American Dream. The focal point of the story is George and Lennie's desire to have a piece of property that is all their own and to "live off the fatta the lan". (15). They build their dream up to such an