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What images (motifs) recur in the story Of Mice and Men?
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- Lennie is guilty of killing three things: a mouse, a puppy and Curley's wife.
- Curley challenges Lennie two times in separate episodes.
- The dream of property ownership is repeated three times.
- A conversation about how Curley's wife is a tart and "jail bait" takes place on at least two occassions.
- There are two "mercy" killings in the novel.
- The book begins and ends in a glen near the river.
- (In terms of motif, the idea of friendship and property ownership are expressed in identical (and near identical) terms in various places in the text.)
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A number of episodes and images recur in this novel.
Each of these episodes and ideas are repeated in the novel, forming a structure of repitition that takes the place of development and background. Instead of using detail, Steinbeck uses repitition to make the reader familiar with this world. Such a choice emphasizes the drama and the mythic nature of the tale.
Posted by e-martin on July 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM (Answer #1)
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