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To what extent can Steinbeck be said to have a 'dramatic' style in 'Of Mice and Men'.

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Of Mice and Men Essay; To what extent can Steinbeck be said to have a 'dramatic' style in 'Of Mice and Men' From this question, the main word is 'dramatic' style. Also we have to decipher what 'dramatic style' means. Dramatic in the dictionary has a few definitions for the word, "with force and vividness, striking, tense, and exciting". Style in the dictionary means "manner of writing", so basically in the book "Of Mice and Men" I have to evidence of Steinbeck using, a striking manner of writing, or an exciting manner or writing. The actual is set in North California, where two workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, set off from their old job, in search of a new job on a ranch, as ranch hands. The characters of George and Lennie, are completely opposite, George, is a short, intelligent, self confident man, where as Lennie is a very tall man, very strong, has a mind of a child and has the tendency of having too much strength for his own good. The story is set over a time period of a weekend, from this you can get to know each character, as you can see how each character reacts to different situations, and they cope in situations. ...read more.


Also Steinbeck's use of profanities like "son-of-a-bitch" and "crazy bastard", they also both add excitement and make the story striking, as George, is telling Lennie off, shows how the atmosphere is during the story, and how the characters are reacting to their environment, does the situation warrant the use of profanities? Steinbeck asks the reader, this question, with the use of the words, which makes the reader, think about the surrounding. All the way through the book, George motivate Lennie, by reminding Lennie about how they are going to live off the "fatta the lan", and how they are going to buy their own little place in the country, and work on their own, by growing vegetable, fruits etc. Also how George is going to let Lennie tend to the rabbits, when ever George mentions this to Lennie, he turns into his child like state, as he gets excited over the prospect of owning their own little place, and living off the "fatta the lan". At the start of each chapter, the scene is set in more and more detail each time, and the use of dramatic style in sounds and light, is more evident, "at about 10 o'clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and then in and out of the beams flies shot like rushing stars" this image is a very descriptive and powerful image. ...read more.


Steinbeck uses a lot of conversation, he uses this to tell the story from the view point of the characters, a first person view of the book, rather than narrating the book, and only giving a bit of conversation, which is a third person view of the book. This technique is called intra-dialogic, which like I said means telling the story from the view point of the characters, in the conversation they have with one another. Also Steinbeck uses colloquial language a lot during the conversations which the characters have with one another, this is because the reader can relate to some of the things that are said during the conversations. An example of this is the use of profanities like "son-of-a-bitch", which the reader can get images of what is being said, from how the characters react with certain situations, how they talk to one another, and who the characters like/dislike. To conclude, the question at the start of this essay was: To what extent can Steinbeck be said to have a 'dramatic' style in 'Of Mice and Men', and I think that Steinbeck has used the dramatic style very well, as the story itself is dramatic, which is all because how Steinbeck uses the style of writing very well, which makes the story exciting, which makes the reader, keep on reading so they can see what happens at the end of the story. ...read more.

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