How Does Steinbeck develop and present the character of Lennie in Of Mice and Men?
I need to write an essay on this. It would be helpful if you suggest how I should layout my answers. For example what should I write in my introduction and conclusion?
Steinbeck portrays Lennie through several literary devices in the beginning.
I would use your introduction to discuss the significance of Lennie's character throughout the story. In my opinion, Steinbeck uses Lennie to reveal messages to society even today about kindness, those less fortunate than us, humanity, and equality. What do you think some of those messages might be? Then, write a thesis statement that uses the author, title, Lennie's name, and some of the literary devices he uses as you will see referenced below.
METAPHOR: In the first few pages, Lennie's stature is revealed through metaphors to a bear and his paw. Find the quotes that reveal this information and explain why they are important.
Lennie is also described as extremely large.
DIALOGUE: When George and Lennie talk, you see Lennie repeat George, you see Lennie speak like a child, and you see slang that is language similar to that which a child might use. You also see Lennie get excited about things like a child does.
CONTRAST: The difference in intellect, role, and size between George and Lennie demonstrates that both have strengths and weaknesses. It is interesting how the story explores the value each of them are given for what they are capable of doing. Steinbeck points out these in the first chapter.
You might conclude by referring back to the message that you ultimately uncovered through your exploration of these literary devices.