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How does John Steinbeck use language in different ways in "Of mice and men"?

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How does John Steinbeck use language in different ways in "Of mice and men?" John Steinbeck uses language in different ways throughout the story. It creates imagery and helps you understand the story even better. Also it indicates differences in characters and the setting of the story. Steinbeck uses non-standard English for dialogue. Lennie is portrayed to be a slow childish character; he acts like a child asking George lots of questions about there 'dream'. Lennie repeats this quite a lot "George how longs it gonna be till we get the rabbits?" This is Lennies dream to have rabbits, and Steinbeck repeats this dream it's a kind of rhythm throughout the book. ...read more.

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by "I jus' tol' you, jus' las' night" this is wrote in an American way of speaking, he uses imagery as when you read this you say it to yourself in your head and you can imagine the way George is speaking. Also George seems to swear quite a lot and mainly towards Lennie where he calls him a "crazy bastard" this use of profanity and pronunciation portrays George to be rather uneducated, we can expect this as Steinbeck was a farm labourer for a time. The story was set in the 1930's black people where very disrespected and used for slaves in these days. ...read more.

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This shows he has power and the men believe he can take authority in situations like this. Steinbeck makes the characters dialogue very brief and it lacks detail they say what is necessary without detail, whereas when Steinbeck is describing a character or a place he uses descriptive language and Standard English, also he uses American dialect for certain words. Throughout the book there is few long sentences he uses short sentences. The way he describes places and characters is very different to the dialogue, he uses imagery in both but in different ways in dialogue he uses the shortening of words and there simple ways to help us imagine, whereas in his exposition he describes things in much detail and uses colours effectively. Also for certain words he uses an American dialect to replace them. ...read more.

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