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John Steinbeck is regarded as one of America's great novelist. His novels illustrate the lifestyle and times of America in the 1950s, during the post-Depression era.

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John Steinbeck is regarded as one of America's great novelist. His novels illustrate the lifestyle and times of America in the 1950s, during the post-Depression era. The 1950s was a time that saw an immense change and demands on people who were in search of "the American Dream". Steinbeck's ability to use imagery and linguistic styles in his novels has definitely created a good read for his readers. His 1937 novel, Of Mice and Men is no different. Steinbeck's use of imagery, symbolism, and contrast highlight the grave and serious mood of the novel and stresses his point that ambitions of man are not solid, and merely passing dreams - nothing more. Steinbeck uses animal symbolism throughout the novel to create the character of Lennie and identify the relationship between Lennie and George. This also sets the mood and theme. By using imagery, Steinbeck creates the setting and rhythm effectively and also unites and links parts of the story together. The use of animal imagery is essential in creating the mood in the novel. ...read more.

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Steinbeck uses phrases such as, "fresh and green", "yellow sands" and "golden foot-hill". These phrases use soft colours and the sense of a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere is implied. The use of onomatopoeia such as, "skittering" helps to create a better mood as well. Contrast in a novel helps to highlight the events and characters or, as in the case in "Of Mice and Men", Steinbeck's purpose of utilizing intrusion and the disturbance from the outside helps to create a sense of interruption from the rhythm of the novel. "George spoke proudly, 'Jus' tell Lennie...' ... There was a clang of horseshoe... and a little cheer of voices" " 'I'm gonna take my pup,' said Lennie ... Voices were approaching from outside" These constant references show that when an event is in its climax, Steinbeck makes the next paragraph or sentence an interruption. This contrasts between what is going on inside, and what is going on outside, which creates a rude interruption to the current atmosphere. ...read more.

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leaving the corners of the bunk-house still in dusk" Steinbeck's use of contrast of light and dark is used throughout the novel. The reference to light and dark is used to create a tense atmosphere in the setting of the novel. Steinbeck uses both dysphemism, such as "sliced" and euphemism, such as "brilliant" in an attempt to change the mood of the novel. The contrast of light and dark is very important in the novel as it creates suspense and a climax, which allows the reader to feel the tension that is going on. A good example of the use of light is also used when Curley's wife is killed. "The sun-streaks were high on the wall by now, and the lights was growing soft in the barn" This reference shows us that the mood has become calm, as opposed to the short, fast paced rhythm in the few paragraphs before. This helps the reader identify the mood of the novel much more easily, which adds to the apprehension of what is going on. Thaddeus Cheung 11Y Of Mice and Men Coursework ...read more.

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