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How does John Steinbeck use descriptive language in the book 'Of Mice and Men' to set the scene?

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Pasan Ganewatta 11- 4 George Dixon International School John Steinbeck uses the different type of languages and the different ideas to describe places in the book 'Of Mice and Men'. In this assignment I am going to looking at the start of chapter one paragraph one, which is the valley and countryside. Also, I am going to looking at the start of chapter two first paragraphs, which is the bunkhouse and it is in the ranch. In chapter one opening paragraph describe countryside before the ranch. It is about mountains, river, trees, sun and animals and it is a nice place. In chapter two opening paragraph is about bunkhouse. It is about where the all workers slept on the ranch, where they kept their belongings and it is a dark, cold and horrible place. ...read more.

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He uses white colour to describe the colour of the walls and he is tries to describe how horrible is that building. Steinbeck use soft and hard word to describe different places. In chapter one opening paragraph he use more soft words to describe soft setting. The following quote showing that; "... sycamores with mottled, white ..." Steinbeck uses soft words like mottled and white to describe nice and soft setting in the chapter one. Another example for using soft word is; "... with trees- willows fresh and green..." He use soft words and nice words like fresh, trees and green to describe what is the environment likes in the Valley. Also he uses more hard words to describe hard setting in the Bunkhouse. The following quote showing that; "The Bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building" He use long and rectangular to describe what the building is like. ...read more.

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Steainbeck uses particular and everyday things to describe the chapter two in the bunkhouse. The following example shows that; "Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted." The words like whitewashed and unpainted are used to describe the particular and everyday things and the horrible places like bunkhouse inside the ranch. Another example for writer use particular and everyday things to describe horrible and hard setting is; "In the middle of the room stood a big square table littered with playing cards..." Playing cards is a particular and everyday thing what there are doing when they tired of working in the ranch he used that to describe the cold setting and how the workers everyday life is going. Steinbeck uses a range of descriptive language when describing the scenes in his Book 'Of Mice and Men'. Pasan Ganewatta 11- 4 2 Pasan Ganewatta 11- 4 ...read more.

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