Examples Of Direct Characterization In Of Mice And Men

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In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie Smalls is one of the main characters. He is a very rough, childish, short-tempered, and loyal man. An archetype provides the reader with traits of a character so we can better know them. By using archetypes, the writer attempts to convey realism to their work, which draws the situations and characters from experiences of the world. The ‘Innocent’ archetype is described as a character who is pure, wholesome, and full of virtue. Their innocence makes them a target because it is what makes them so likeable. People could also take advantage of them because of their ability to be accepting and gentle. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Lennie Smalls portrays the archetype of innocence. Indirect and direct characterization are both two techniques in literature that can describe a character in a novel. Indirect characterization is when the author of a novel does not directly describe a character, but leaves clues through their body language or what they speak to inform us what kind of character they are. Direct characterization is when the writer is direct, and right to the point about how a character acts, and looks like. An example of indirect characterization in the novel, Of Mice and Men is when Lennie speaks. The author, John Steinbeck does not establish that Lennie is slow, however, from his speech, the readers can most likely infer that he is. “Give ‘um to me George. I’ll take ‘um back. I didn’t mean no harm, George.
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