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How Does Steinbeck Present The Theme Of Conflict In The Setting And Characters?

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The theme of conflict looms over the entire plot in Of Mice and Men, beginning in the first scene, and persisting until the end. The conflict ranges from the captivating way Steinbeck makes man fight with his inner animalistic behaviour to the ever imminent conflict between George and Lennie with their drastically different personalities, appearances and understanding of their ideal, the American Dream. The Great Depression forms the backbone of Steinbeck’s novella, with events such as the stock market crash to the recovery from the First World War, allowing him to keep the realism of the conflicting events but still leave room for the intriguing, deeper side to each of the characters. Steinbeck manages to mask conflict within the novella by not simply stating the conflict, but using language and literary techniques he subtly implies it.

The beginning of part one gives the reader the sense of a perfect backdrop, however conflict is present throughout. An example of this hidden conflict is the pool of water that without much of a description at the start gives you an image of a turquoise pool running with fresh water but just as George and Lennie emerge, the reader is told "by the green pool" showing that the pool is stagnant and foul. Part one opens with the ‘idyllic’ setting of Soledad with sibilance throughout the first sentence “south of Soledad, the Salinas River” creating the initial silence and tranquillity; assonance builds towards the relaxed, drowsy feel of the setting with “deep and green” and “recumbent limbs”. A single sentence consisting of 7 lines runs through the first paragraph, giving you a sense of the perfect moment in time and the entire thing captured in a snapshot lasting for eternity. As you progress through the first paragraph the scene starts panning out into a panorama. Innocence is then portrayed through the wildlife with “Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand” and “deer that come to drink in the evening” creating a simple yet effective visual imagery in the reader’s mind alongside the foreshadowing of Lennie’s love of rabbits. The second paragraph begins with another long sentence creating a ‘savour the moment’ scene; the sentence also foreshadows the cyclic routine of repeated history with “a path beaten hard by boys...and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down”. It is now apparent that the deeper you venture the less natural the setting becomes and the less of a utopia it becomes as “there is an ash pile made by many fires” suggests the death of something and that everything eventually will die. As George and Lennie emerge it is as if chaos emits with "The rabbits hurriedly noiselessly for cover. A stilted heron laboured up into the air and pounded down river." hinting towards their past. George and Lennie have previously committed a crime which is evident from the scene where they first emerge "They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other" which...

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