Steinbeck And His Techniques For Success In "Of Mice And Men"

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There is only one way an author can get their readers to cry, laugh, and love or just enjoy their master pieces. That one way is through the uses of literary devices such as similes, metaphors and personification. These are the small things that brings the author`s thoughts and ideas alive. The author`s ability to use literary devices through the book helps in direct characterization and lets readers get a better understanding of Lennie and George, the two main characters Of Mice and Men. It also helps in keeping readers thinking on their feet and constantly questioning George and Lennie`s next move while in Salinas, California. John Steinbeck, in his novel Of Mice and Men, makes use of similes and foreshadowing to keep readers in touch with the characters and at the edge of their seats throughout the story.
John Steinbeck uses similes to build and create powerful characters that touch the hearts of readers. Throughout the story Lennie`s character grows to be stronger and stronger through Steinbeck`s use of similes. When George and Lennie arrive at the farm, George introduces himself and Lennie to the boss. George compliments on Lennie being a hell of a good worker and tells the boss Lennie was “Strong as a bull” (Steinbeck 22). Up till this quote, Lennie is thought to be a huge man, shapeless of face who walked very heavily until Steinbeck`s use of similes help uncover Lennie`s true character. John Steinbeck illustrates Lennie`s body and strength by comparing him to a large, heavy and physically powerful animal such as a bull. The use of similes helps in indirect characterization as well and adds to Lennie`s physical appearance and age. The use of similes in this quote helps to create a more powerful character and bring more attention to the main character, in this case Lennie. It also helps the reader get a better image of Lennie. Lennie`s character gets better and better as the story progresses, especially through the use of similes. While George and Slim are sharing their stories, George starts to discuss about the struggles he been through with Lennie. George explains to Slim about how Lennie was and says to him, “He`s dumb as hell, but he ain`t crazy” (Steinbeck 39).This shows the truthfulness in George`s words and dumb as hell means truly dumb and is usually used in Northern California to describe someone who is extremely dumb. This quote uses a simile and lets readers visualize and understand how dumb and stupid Lennie really is. The simile also helps to exaggerate how dumb Lennie is by comparing it to hell. It lets readers to get a better understanding of Lennie`s disabilities and understand him more. Overall, with the help of similes Lennie`s character comes to life and through the...

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