Pathetic Fallacy In Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck. It was published in 1937 and tells the story of two men in search of work during the Great Depression and Dustbowl of the 1930’s. Idea’s such as friendship, death, dreams and loneliness are explored through the book by using a variety of techniques such as foreshadowing, characterisation and imagery. In Of mice and men, Steinbeck explores the lives of the migrant workers. The characters in Of mice and Men are powerless due to a lack of friends, loneliness and death. This is a result of the great depression, Dustbowl and the American Dream. The Great Depression resulted in high unemployment, poverty, low profits and deflation. The Dustbowl was a period of severe dust storms mainly in the central part of American causing major damage to crops, farms and property. Most people left their houses and migrated to other places to find work but it was hard as everyone else was doing the same. Of mice and Men also relates to the American Dream. The American Dream is a national belief…show more content…
Words such as “golden” and “fresh” help create this setting. Steinbeck also uses pathetic fallacy to create a positive and harmonious mood. When describing the main characters as they enter the scene, Steinbeck uses animal imagery such as “Lennie snorted the water like a horse” and “Lennie dabbed his big paw.” This shows how large Lennie is. Lennie and George are complete opposites of each other which is shown through contrast and juxtaposition. George’s dominance is also shown through a simile, “Like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball back to his master” where George is the master and Lennie is the terrier. At the bunkhouse, we find words such as “white-washed” and “unpainted” contrast to the Edenic setting at the beginning. Foreshadowing is used throughout the book, such as how Lennie dies the same way as Candy’s
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