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by John Steinbeck

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Explore the ways Steinbeck develops characterizations in Of Mice and Men. Explore the ways Steinbeck develops characterizations in Of Mice and Men.

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The Naturalism of Steinbeck certainly is evident in his characterization of Lennie whose gait is like that of a bear and hands are described as "paws."  That there is a Darwinian determinism to the characters is clearly apparent.  For, the opening chapter defines the action of the final chapter as the George and Lennie are by the river in the clearing where George instructs Lennie to go if he gets into trouble.  Of course, Lennie does find the "trouble"; he waits for George, but in the end, he is the mouse who dies.

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I agree that a major contribution to characterization in this novel is the use of the third person narrator.  However, the other mechanics of character development are not difficult to understand.  There are several sources of information about characters.  1. What does the narrator tell us about him/her either directly or through imagery .  2. What do others tells us about the character.  3. How do two or more characters interact with one another. 4.  What does their...

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