Examples Of Diction In Of Mice And Men

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Throughout this novella, Of Mice and Men, Steinbecks use of diction reveals the theme of loneliness can be painful and isolating. In this particular incident, Lennie gets in trouble because he doesn't know his own strength, therefore he accidentally kills the boss's wife while touching her soft hair. After this incident Lennie's friend George has no more patience left for all of Lennie's mistakes so he kills him. Slim knows that George had to kill Lennie and it wasn't manslaughter because one of the men who wanted revenge would have killed George anyway. Slim said, "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda" (Steinbeck 107). The diction of the author's word choice is very strong in this quote. Slim was understanding after George…show more content…
In this particular incident, Lennie gets in trouble because he doesn't know his own strength, therefore he accidentally kills the boss's wife while touching her soft hair. After this incident Lennie's friend George has no more patience left for all of Lennie's mistakes so he kills him. Slim knows that George had to kill Lennie and it wasn't manslaughter because one of the men who wanted revenge would have killed George anyway. Slim said, "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda" (Steinbeck 107). The diction of the author's word choice is very strong in this quote. Slim was understanding after George killed Lennie instead of being scared or confused. After George killed Lennie, George felt pain and loneliness. In addition Slim explained to him that it was his only choice because Lennie would have been killed or tortured anyway. Now that George's best friend is dead, he is on his own. After George killed Lennie, the men were asking him what happened and his voice slowly sank to a whisper level. George said, "Tha's how. George's voice was almost a whisper. He looked steadily at his right hand that held the gun" (107). When George's tone was a whisper that implies that he didn't want to talk or think what had just happened. When he looked at the gun in his right hand, he was trying to process about what had just occurred and how he is now alone.…show more content…
In this particular incident, Lennie gets in trouble because he doesn't know his own strength, therefore he accidentally kills the boss's wife while touching her soft hair. After this incident Lennie's friend George has no more patience left for all of Lennie's mistakes so he kills him. Slim knows that George had to kill Lennie and it wasn't manslaughter because one of the men who wanted revenge would have killed George anyway. Slim said, "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda" (Steinbeck 107). The diction of the author's word choice is very strong in this quote. Slim was understanding after George killed Lennie instead of being scared or confused. After George killed Lennie, George felt pain and loneliness. In addition Slim explained to him that it was his only choice because Lennie would have been killed or tortured anyway. Now that George's best friend is dead, he is on his own. After George killed Lennie, the men were asking him what happened and his voice slowly sank to a whisper level. George said, "Tha's how. George's voice was almost a whisper. He looked steadily at his right hand that held the gun" (107). When George's tone was a whisper that implies that he didn't want to talk or think what had just happened. When he looked at the gun in his right hand, he was trying to process about what had just occurred and how he is now alone.
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