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John Steinbeck Light And Darkness Essay

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Light and darkness are two polar opposites. Light is like hope, and darkness is like sadness, or trouble. John Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice and Men uses these elements in his book to portray the hope, sadness and the immediate change between these two feelings, to advise the reader about the conflicts that migrant workers experienced while working on the ranch. John Steinbeck uses the elements of light, darkness, and the immediate change between the two to portray the hope, sadness, and the sudden change of feelings, that happens to the ranch workers in this book.

John Steinbeck uses the element of sunlight to foreshadow the hope that appears in the lives of the ranch workers. One example of this is “ The sun streaks climbed up
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Another example of darkness foreshadowing troubling times is “ He led the dog out into the darkness”.(Steinbeck 23). This quote occurs when Carlson is taking Candy’s dog out to shoot it. The darkness that Carlson leads the dog into is foreshadowing the darkness that would soon be occurring to the ranch workers, especially George and Lennie. John Steinbeck uses the element of darkness to foreshadow the troubling times that come and go for the ranch workers.

John Steinbeck uses the quick change of sunlight to darkness throughout the book, to portray the sudden changes of happiness to sadness that the workers experience while on the ranch. One example of this quick change is “ Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off” (Steinbeck 15). This quote happens right as Curley’s wife is entering the room to meet George and Lennie. This shows the quick change between light and darkness because before Curley’s wife entered the room, there was sunlight shining throughout the room, but as soon as she entered the room, the sunlight was blocked out, which is a sign that George and Lennie should stay away from Curley’s wife, because she could cause trouble. Another example of the quick change between light and darkness in this book is “
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