John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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The Great Depression affected many Americans throughout the 1930s. Many people had no source of income and had no other choice but to travel and find new jobs. In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small wander through California in search of a new job that would help them make enough money to live their American dream on “the fatta the lan’”(Steinbeck 14). George and Lennie’s hard work and determination is not enough for them to live their dream. Lennie has a mental disability that slows the two friends down from living their dream; they have to run from job to job because of Lennie’s unintentional actions.
Steinbeck incorporates multiple literary devices in his fictional novel. He introduces the setting very early in the novel, as it is very confined. Steinbeck uses the third person point of view, both the limited and omniscient, throughout the entire novel. He introduces dynamic, round characters and static, flat characters, through the course of the novel, which significantly affect the plot and theme. Steinbeck implements the three types of irony: situational, verbal, and dramatic. The ironic situations lead to both external and internal conflicts among the characters. Steinbeck also maintains a sympathetic, honest tone and simple diction. He includes similes, metaphors, and personification. Steinbeck also utilizes foreshadowing and symbolism, both being major devices in Of Mice and Men.
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